Texas Tech regents to tackle housing shortage

Houston Chronicle - Looming state budget cuts and residence hall shortages are poised to take center stage this week when Texas Tech’s governing board convenes on campus to address a host of year-end issues.

Looming state budget cuts and residence hall shortages are poised to take center stage this week when Texas Tech’s governing board convenes on campus to address a host of year-end issues.

The Tech system’s board of regents is scheduled to meet Thursday and Friday to confront a handful of housekeeping and austerity measures ahead of next year’s legislative session in Austin.

Chief among this week’s items is a housing shortage left largely in limbo after the board’s last meeting in October.

Regents had approved a $750,000 feasibility study for a $150 million mixed-use urban housing complex that would have added as many as 2,000 beds on a 32-acre plot in a southwest corner of campus.

According to the upcoming meeting’s agenda, regents are now scheduled to consider designing a smaller, 500-bed suite-style residence hall to remedy a housing crunch amid this semester’s 31,600-student enrollment record.

Administrators have said Tech needs to have a new residence hall go online by fall 2012, giving officials until the spring to break ground.

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