City Hall lease to end in 2016

The University will not re-lease City Hall after GW’s contract on the building expires in 2016.

Seth Weinshel, director of GW Housing Programs, said that although the residence hall will no longer be available, the University will still have the capacity to board the nearly 380 students who live there.

GW will be able to compensate for the beds lost with 250 beds in the newly built West Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus, as well as the reopening of Lafayette Hall after renovations.

“It is the same level of inventory in terms of the number of beds,” Weinshel said, adding GW will work to find a bed for every student who chooses to live on campus.

He said buildings will be evaluated prior to the start of each academic year to match the demand for each class.

Weinshel said the University will offset the loss of City Hall beds even without the Superdorm, a proposed structure that would sit in place of the residence halls Crawford, Schenley and the West End, which administrators said in January is not yet a confirmed project.

The decision is a component of the University’s 2007 campus plan, which made a commitment to phase out off-campus undergraduate housing to improve GW’s relationship with the Foggy Bottom neighborhood.

University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard said from 2006 to 2008 other residence halls that previously served as off-campus undergraduate housing – including the Hall on Virginia Avenue and The Aston – were converted to graduate housing.

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