Wichita State to close Fairmount Towers residence hall

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Wichita State University will close its Fairmount Towers residence hall in mid-August.

The university said in a news release that about 300 students who had reserved space in Fairmount Towers for the 2017-18 year will be housed in a new apartment complex, The Flats at WSU, at no additional cost.

Eric King, associate vice president for facilities, said: "Fairmount Towers, constructed 53 years ago as a private dormitory, has reached the end of its useful life. The building will be taken out of service and eventually demolished. Its site near the northwest corner of 21st and Hillside will be available for other university uses."

King said a 2015 report from Brailsford & Dunlavey on the student housing market concluded Fairmount Towers should be phased out based on four main factors:

  • Operational inefficiencies
  • Limited student demand
  • Isolated location outside the core of campus
  • Facility condition concerns

Tony Vizzini, provost and senior vice president of WSU, said the university has been working for five years to decommission outdated housing and create a more residential, 24-hour campus.

"Replacing Wheatshocker and Brennan Halls with Shocker Hall was the first step in the plan, and it worked beautifully," Vizzini said. "The next step has always been to close Fairmount, but there hasn't been a way to do that without incurring long-term debt.",

Apartment configurations in The Flats, ranging from one to four bedrooms, all include one bathroom per bedroom, shared kitchen, washer-dryer and living rooms for each of the 112 apartments. All apartments come fully furnished.

The Flats is located near the corner of Mike Oatman Drive and Innovation Boulevard, just south of Eck Stadium. It will open in early August.

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