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Phased Closure of Allerton Apartments at Kent State to Begin in July 2011

Posted Dec, 21, 2010

Kent State University will begin a phased closure of the Allerton Apartment complex, starting this summer.

Located on the southern edge of campus, the Allerton Apartment complex was constructed in two phases, completed in 1962 and 1966. Two buildings were closed in July 2005 and demolished in July 2006. The remaining nine apartment buildings, consisting of 164 apartments, are rented to upper-class students and Kent State students with families. Occupancy of the complex is currently at 86 percent.

“The buildings are reaching the end of their life cycle,” said Betsy Joseph, Kent State’s director of Residence Services. “The buildings have regular problems, and it’s not feasible to repair them. The buildings are safe now, but it will be cost-prohibitive to maintain them in the future.”

The plan calls for the closure of two Allerton buildings – Building L and Building M – in July 2011. Thirty-eight units in those structures are currently occupied. Notification letters were recently mailed to residents in the affected buildings. Under the plan, Buildings F, J and K will close in July 2012. The remaining four, Buildings A, B, C and D, will close in July 2015.

Residents of Buildings L and M who sign a new lease and move into a new apartment within the Allerton complex will received a free month’s credit ($750) of rent for the month of July 2011.

Kent State’s Department of Residence Services has determined that the Kent area has sufficient housing to accommodate the affected residents. “Residence Services will be working to identify off-campus apartments to be included on a preferred provider list to assist students who are seeking those accommodations,” Joseph said.

Demolition for the first five buildings being closed is slated for summer of 2012. The university does not have plans for the Allerton property at this time.

Residents with question or concerns should contact the Allerton office at 330-672-2595.

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Media Contacts:
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595
Bob Burford,, 330-672-8516