By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – A former athletic dormitory at the University of Mississippi is slated for demolition to make room for a new residence hall that will house nearly six times as many students.
Miller Hall, a two-story brick-veneered structure, was built in 1960 to house 122 Ole Miss athletes. It has most recently hosted the Housing Administration Department.
Having received approval from trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning in November, the demolition still awaits approval from the State Department of Archives and History and completion of asbestos abatement.
Ole Miss is in the midst of an ongoing plan to provide more on-campus housing. In two years it has built its two residential colleges and bought the adjoining Campus Walk apartment complex.
As with both residential colleges, the new dorm’s construction will be on a fast track, with opening projected in time for fall semester 2012. Funding for the $32 million residence hall will come from a combination of student housing fees and Educational Building Corporation bonds.
How urgent is the need? The fall semester is expected to bring yet another record enrollment of freshmen, most of whom are required to live in student housing, so upperclassmen applying for on-campus housing will be restricted to Campus Walk and a few apartments near the campus’ Northgate entrance.
Several existing buildings are part of the aim to replace older structures with up-to-date residence halls.
“The master plan calls for new housing all the way up the hill from behind Miller to Guess to Kinard,” said Ian Banner, director of facilities planning.
Contact Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.