GW to lose 700 summer housing spots during hall renovations

Media Credit: Hatchet file photo by Francis Rivera | Photo Editor
City Hall will be closed this summer for renovations, one year before the University’s lease expires.

The University will turn away prospective summer residents for the first time this year, losing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue as it closes three residence halls for renovations.

Three of GW’s largest residence halls, Dakota, International House and City Hall, will be shut down for months-long renovations, director Seth Weinshel said. There will be about 700 fewer beds on campus, which could mean up to $200,000 in lost revenue.

“For the first time, we’re really going to be turning people away,” Weinshel said.

University spokesman Kurtis Hiatt declined to say how much revenue the University would lose or whether the department had plans to make it up.

Summer offerings are a boon for the housing department, with 1,112 non-GW students signing up for housing this summer along with 223 GW students.

Prices for the buildings range from $210 to $378 for housing options between 6 and 10 weeks, respectively.

The renovations are part of the University’s seven-year plan to upgrade every hall, which could bring new carpeting, bathrooms, kitchens or lighting to the halls.

Weinshel said the department is still deciding the type of upgrades for each building, which will depend on student input and the amount of money available.

The upgrades to City Hall will come one year before the University’s lease expires on the former hotel.

The Hatchet has disabled comments on our website. Learn more.