AMK to close Lewis hall this summer to avoid costly repairs

AMK to close Lewis hall this summer to avoid costly repairs

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Lewis Hall will be closing sometime during this summer.
Lewis Hall, which opened in 1956, is home to 80 upperclassmen and graduate students, requires adjustments detrimental to the average student’s affordability.
“We hope to keep it open through at least the first session of summer school, possibly the second session, but after the second session, probably the residence hall will be closed” said Director of University Housing & Residence Life, Thomas D. Martin. “Right now the intent was it’s going to be closed and the building, possibly sometime in the next year, or two or three, might be torn down and used as a spot to build a new building some time.”
The reason for Lewis Hall closing is largely due to the lack of funds needed to repair a majority of the building.
“Lewis is in great need of a lot of renovation work,” said Martin. “We had a meeting with Lewis residents about it a couple weeks ago to let them know basically what was going on.”
The need of repairs in Lewis Hall ranges from plumbing throughout the building to cosmetic work of the walls and floors.
“We’ve sort-of tripped along the last four or five years, just trying to put band-aids on things, just so we could keep it open,” said Martin. “We had an engineering company come about a year ago and do a study of all our residence halls and they pointed out the obvious to us that Lewis was in the greatest need of the most work.”
Martin predicts the price of living in Lewis Hall after renovations would be almost unaffordable.
“We could easily sink three or four million dollars into it, but we’d still only have a hundred people there, and when you divide the cost out by the number of beds there, we’d probably have to end up charging two, maybe even three times more than what it costs now,” said Martin. “I don’t think our students could afford that.”
The Department of University Housing & Residence Life plans on sending out a survey to understand the future plans of current residents.
“We’d like to know how many people would like to move to other residence halls, how many would like to, maybe, live in an area, possible other residence hall with people from Lewis,” said Martin. “So hopefully when we get that feedback from them, we’ll know how to plan accordingly.”
Lewis Hall was originally built in 1956 for the purpose of housing underclass females. Current co-education students live in a 24-hour quiet residency.