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February 2006

Release Date: February 13, 2006

Angelo State Sets 2nd Public Meeting on Rosemont Closure

Angelo State University will host a town hall meeting Tuesday, Feb. 14, to provide information and to answer questions related to the university’s latest proposal to the City of San Angelo to close Rosemont Drive between West Avenue N and Shamrock Drive.

The university is seeking to close that portion of Rosemont to provide additional room on campus for a new three-story residence hall with approximately 500 beds. The town hall meeting is open to the public and scheduled 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in Rooms 110-111 of the Houston Harte University Center at 1910 Rosemont.

ASU representatives will be available to answer questions after a brief presentation outlining the university’s proposal.

The university has asked to close the 840-foot long section of Rosemont for additional space for the new residence hall development approved by the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System in August. If acquired by the university, the 48-foot-wide right of way would offer an additional 40,320 square feet of land for the housing project.

The university’s initial request for an outright purchase of the property was turned down by a 4-3 vote of the San Angelo City Council in December. The university returned in January with a compromise proposal that is now under consideration by city staff.

The university’s Centennial Master Plan adopted last summer identified housing as the most urgent facilities need on campus and recognized the closure of Rosemont as very important to the safety of students and the continuity of the campus.

The site of the planned residence hall formerly was the approximate location of the Rosemont Apartments which were built in 1947 and demolished in 2001. The apartments provided 32 three-bedroom units and 32 two-bedroom units for married student housing.