February 13, 2004
apartments to be torn down
residents have until May 15 to move out.
House Condominium residents received a letter stating
that they must soon vacate from Award Co. Realtors and
Property Management, the company that manages the condominiums.
TCU owns the complex and will be tearing it down this
summer, likely turning it into extra parking spaces until
the university decides what to do with the property, said
Don Mills, vice chancellor for student affairs.
Mills said TCU has not officially decided to turn the
land into parking, but it will make its final decision
within the next 10 days. If it does become a parking lot,
it should contain about 400 spaces, he said.
It will not forever be parking because it is too
valuable of land just to be parking, Mills said.
It could take up to two years before TCU decides what
to permanently do with the land, Mills said. Some suggestions
for the land are a hotel, a student residential complex
or an academic building, he said.
According to a letter sent by Award Co. Realtors and Property
Management, residents must vacate before midnight April
However, Mills sent a letter to all student residents
giving them until May 15, at no additional charge, to
move out. About two-thirds of the condominium residents
are TCU students, and Mills said none of them will be
forced to move before the semester is finished.
Senior dance major Juliana Williams moved into the condominiums
in January. She said the management company told her she
would not live there for more than six months.
Mills said no residents will be asked to move before their
lease is up, because all residents are on a month-to-month
lease. He said every resident received or will receive
at least 60 days notice that he or she must move out.
Some residents were caught off guard.
Most residents knew they would have to move out,
but didnt know it would come so soon, said
resident Sameer Bhatia, a senior finance and marketing
Mills said TCU has offered to provide campus housing
in the summer or next fall if they wish.