Press Release: Florida State University Communications
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Alumni Village, the 60-year-old student housing complex located on Tallahassee’s south side, is slated for closure on August 22, 2014 because of age and the availability of alternative housing on campus and in the local market.
The complex will be fully decommissioned following its closure in 15 months, with the housing structures slated for demolition and the land converted to green space. The infant-toddler center and preschool facility will continue to operate on the site after closure of the housing units, as will the facilities managed for visitors by the Magnet Lab.
The current 442 leaseholders were informed of the decision this week via an email message and a residents’ meeting, where University Housing Department officials were on hand to answer questions. The residents will be provided information on alternative housing available in the local market, as well as on-campus student housing options.
Administration & Professional (A & P) and University Support Personnel System (USPS) employees working at Alumni Village will be reassigned to other University Housing duties following closure of the housing complex.
Most of the leaseholders at Alumni Village are graduate students and older undergraduate students. The complex also houses some families and married couples.
The decision to close Alumni Village was based on a thorough assessment of the complex, including the projected $70 million cost over the next 10 years associated with refurbishing the housing. The ultimate determination is the complex has reached the end of its useful life, especially in terms of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical infrastructure.
“Surveys of the local market show that there is more than an adequate supply of alternative rental properties and on-campus housing options to accommodate Alumni Village residents,” said Adrienne Frame, director, University Housing. “While on-campus housing does not accommodate married students with children, there are many options in the local Tallahassee housing market for students with families, much of it in closer proximity to the main campus than Alumni Village. We will be working with the leaseholders over the next 15 months prior to closing the complex to assist them with their transition to other housing.”
Another factor considered in the closure decision is the occupancy rate at Alumni Village, which has been steadily declining over the past several years to the point where the complex is currently at 64.6 percent capacity. The current average stay for residents of the complex is 2 years.
Other factors considered in the closure decision were the 2-mile distance of the complex from the main campus and the lack of convenient transportation options available to residents who don’t have vehicles. Additionally, there are few grocery, drug store, restaurant or entertainment options in close proximity to the complex.