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December 2005

Release date: December 8, 2005

Angelo State Sets Public Meeting to Outline Proposed Closure on Rosemont Drive

Angelo State University will host a town hall meeting Thursday, Dec. 15, to provide information and to answer questions related to the university's request to the City of San Angelo to close Rosemont Drive between West Avenue N and Shamrock Drive.

The university is seeking to buy that portion of Rosemont to provide additional room on campus for a new 506-bed, three-story residence hall. The town hall meeting is open to the public and scheduled 7-9 p.m. Thursday in Rooms 110-111 of the Houston Harte University Center at 1910 Rosemont.

Representatives of the ASU President's Office, the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration, and Facilities Management will be available to answer questions after a brief presentation outlining the university's plans. Representatives of the San Angelo City Council, City Planning Office and City of San Angelo Planning Commission have been invited. Notice of the meeting is being sent to all residents within 200 feet of the location.

The university has asked to purchase 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.

ASU officials are scheduled to appear before the City of San Angelo Planning Commission Monday, Dec. 19, to formally make the request. The commission will forward its recommendation to the San Angelo City Council for final consideration. If approved by the city, the purchase price would be based on a fair market evaluation as determined by tax rolls in the vicinity.

The university's Centennial Master Plan adopted this summer identified housing as the most urgent facilities need on 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.