Even after 120 of University Terrace Apartments’ residents signed a petition opposing the demolition of the complex, Kathy Scroggs, MU’s vice chancellor of Student Affairs, told residents Tuesday at an informational meeting that she doesn’t expect the decision to use the land for a parking garage to change.
“The hospital has looked at other options, but the only place to grow is south,” she said.
The almost 250 people who live in the university-owned apartment complex near the intersection of Hospital and Monk drives were informed Friday that they would need to move out of their homes by December of this year. University Terrace Apartments will be torn down in preparation for carrying out University Hospital’s master plan, which includes construction of a surgical tower and patient care facility. The new garage will be built where the apartments stand now because the surgical tower and patient care building will replace the current parking garage on the east side of the hospital.
Representatives of MU’s departments of Residential Life and Student Affairs said that they intend to create an advisory board that will work with residents to make the mandatory move easier. After Rebecca Bryce, a Terrace resident, recommended ideas including moving compensations, parking accommodations and the departure date extended to May 2007, Scroggs asked residents to form an official list of requests.
“If you can’t save our homes, then what can you do?” Bryce asked.
Scroggs said the departments and the advisory board will discuss these issues.
AnnaMaria Csizmadia, a single parent and doctoral student, said MU is being insensitive by not giving residents time to save funds necessary for moving costs and possible housing deposits and by making them move in the middle of the school year.
“The move will occur in the middle of all my exams, and I have a three-year-old daughter to take care of,” she said.
Frankie Minor, director of residential life, along with Jo Ann Wait, director of public relations for the hospital, said they communicated the information to residents as soon as concrete plans were in place.
Minor said there is a good possibility that residents can be placed in similar on-campus apartments. As for construction of new on-campus apartments, Minor said Residential Life is still looking for a solution.
“We’ve been working on this for over 10 years,” he said. “International students and students with families are more price-sensitive, and rent for new apartments would go up at least 20 percent.”