Regents approve higher housing rates, facility move

FORREST HOLT, Evergreen news editor

The Board of Regents, WSU’s highest governing body, voted to increase Pullman campus’ housing and dining rates starting fall semester 2018.

Cost of living in residence hall double rooms will increase an average of 2.4 percent, or $162, according to a Student Affairs action item presented to the regents.

Cost of living in university apartments will increase an average of 1.5 percent. A level two dining plan will increase 0.7 percent, or $30.

The action item, presented to the board by Student Affairs Vice President Mary Jo Gonzales, identified increased utility costs, employee benefits and cost of living as the biggest factors for hiking rates.

The Housing and Dining Advisory Board recommended the changes.

The regents also voted in favor of a plan to relocate research facilities being displaced by the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport’s runway expansion.

WSU plans to spend about $14.7 million moving the buildings, according to an action item Finance and Administration Vice President Stacy Pearson presented to the board. The Tukey Orchard will move to the WSU Spillman Farm and the facilities’ administration, vehicle storage and vehicle maintenance will move near the Knott Dairy Farm southwest of Pullman.

WSU sold the land on which the facilities currently sit to fund their relocation.

The airport’s runway project should impact the university’s property between April and October.

The university plans to begin the relocation process within the next 30 days, according to the action item.

This article has been changed from its original version to reflect that the Tukey Orchard will not move to the intersection of Terre View Drive and Highway 270, but to the WSU Spillman farm.