- Associated Press - Friday, April 14, 2017

TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Towson University has announced it will convert an off-campus Marriott hotel it owns into student housing.

The Baltimore Sun reports (https://bsun.md/2phteMI) the plans were announced Thursday during University President Kim Schatzel’s spring address. The Towson University Marriott Center will become apartment-style housing after Marriott’s operating contract expires in June 2018.

Schatzel says the conversion will ease a housing shortage and be more fiscally prudent than continuing to use the property as a hotel.

The building will accommodate 300 to 400 students. The university currently has a shortage of 2,000 to 2,500 beds, which has created tension with Towson residents as students move into the neighborhoods surrounding the university.

The University System of Maryland has targeted Towson University for growth, with enrollment expected to near 26,000 students in the next decade.



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