VT to house first-year students in Holiday Inn Express next year

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Hotel living may be in the future for some Virginia Tech freshman. A University spokesperson confirmed Friday that they plan on leasing out the Holiday Inn Express next year to use as dorms.

It’s all in an effort to combat the school’s enrollment surge where they accepted about 1,000 more students than they had room for. 

“If you think about it, a hotel is very close to a campus residency. You have 2 people staying in a room, you have that community feel,” said Virginia Tech Spokesman Mark Owczarski.

Come this fall from August to May, Virginia Tech is planning to house first-year students at the Holiday Inn Express.

“We are in the process of selecting housing for our students and determining and placing them. So we kind of have a sense of how many students are seeking house so we’ll add this to the mix,” said Owczarski.

They will lease out the entire hotel and just house students. Which means people like Nina Demby won’t be able to stay there.

Demby drives for Virginia Breeze and stays there at least 2 days a week.

“It just saddens me because this is a wonderful place to stay. The staff is really friendly. The rooms are really nice. So I will truly miss it,” said Demby.

While the hotel served people like Demby well current student Krystal Chao says it won’t do the same for freshmen.

“Being that far off campus is just really inconvenient. As a freshman too, since you’re just getting to know the campus and stuff,” Chao said.

Owczarski says they’re still working on the plan to make room for everyone. 

“We still have a ways to go to figure out how we’re going to manage it all. This is just step of a broader plan to how we’re going to manage,” said Owczarski.

He also says the agreement is just in principle, meaning it could still fall through but they are having lots of conversations with lots of different businesses to come up with more housing options. 

When asked if housekeeping staff would stay and clean for the students Owczarcki says that’s all still being figured out. 

Managers at the hotel haven’t returned WFXR’s messages.

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