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Alumni Village Closure Announcement

April 10, 2013

Over the past 18 months, University Housing has conducted a thorough review of options for the future of Alumni Village.  This process has included an independent facility audit, participation in a student-led studio project through the Department of Urban and Regional planning, a study of potential new construction sites adjacent to Alumni Village, review of longitudinal occupancy and demographic data, review of transportation options, familiarization with the private sector housing market, and discussions with students and staff at the Village. Below is what we have learned through our review process:

  1. The positive aspects of living at Alumni Village are its affordability and the sense of community that students from around the world enjoy.
  2. While the facilities at the Village are in safe condition at this time, all major systems (electrical, plumbing, etc.) are well beyond their lifespan and in need of complete replacement.  The repair and renovation costs over the next 1 - 5 years are estimated at $38,249,791 with an additional $31,000,425 worth of repairs required within the next 6 - 10 years.  The estimated total repair and renovation costs for AV over the next 10 years are $69,250,215.
  3. Occupancy has continued a steady decline at Alumni Village.  Even after closure and demolition of 6 buildings, occupancy stands at 64.6%.
  4. Public transportation to/from the Village is inconvenient and inconsistent for those without access to a car.
  5. The Alumni Village location does not allow for convenient access to grocery stores, pharmacies, eateries, and other commercial interests for students.
  6. Building a new 357 bed facility would cost $21,500,000, making the rent comparable to private options closer to campus.
  7. The external housing market in the immediate vicinity of campus, within safe walking and biking distance of University and commercial resources is highly saturated with new private housing inventory coming on line in August 2013.
  8. The demand for graduate housing has not exceeded capacity on the main campus or at the Village.
  9. The political climate is unfavorable for a successful bond issuance to cover costs associated with new construction that would directly compete with housing inventory and floor plans already available in abundance in the better situated private sector. 

As a result of this comprehensive learning endeavor, University Housing has made the decision to close Alumni Village on August 22, 2014.  Residents wishing to relocate from the Village at any time in the next 15 months will not be held to the 30 day intent to vacate policy.  Residents are welcome to leave the Village whenever they find a suitable alternative residence either on the main campus of FSU or in the Tallahassee community.  Tiffany Karnisky, Coordinator for Alumni Village, is available and prepared to assist individual residents in identifying locations and living options that may best suit their needs either on or off campus.  

We have also partnered with Dr. Cindy Green, the Director of the Center for Global Engagement, and members of her staff to provide ongoing support to students both during and after their relocation from the Village. John Easterbrook at the Globe is ready to assist international residents in particular and can be reached at jeasterbrook@admin.fsu.edu.

The infant toddler center and preschool located on the Village property will not be affected by the plan to close the Village.  The childcare programs will remain open and operational in their current locations with no planned modifications in services even after the closure of the Village.

Alumni Village has been a vibrant global community of scholars over the course of its 60 year history at FSU.  The strong bonds of community have been among its greatest assets.  It is a source of positive memories for many who have called it home over the years.  We look forward to working with residents of the Village to help them transition to new living locations in which they will continue to enjoy personal and academic success.

Should you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact Tiffany Karnisky, Coordinator of Alumni Village, at tkarnisky@admin.fsu.edu.

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