Liberty University Residential Annex Set To Close at End of Fall Semester
By: Kirkland Gee, Oct. 28, 2015
Liberty University will be closing the doors of the Residential Annex at the end of the fall semester and relocating the students to Residential Commons II for the spring.
According to an article in the Liberty Champion, Liberty will be closing the Annex in December, but the details of the move are not set in stone.
Fred Hornberger, 23, is a Resident Assistant at the Annex, and he has not been told much at all about the move.
“They said they are working on it and they will let us know. Students purchasing plane tickets should ‘make preparations as normal,'” Hornberger said.
Liberty already closed Residential Annex II in May and has applied for a permit to convert it to apartment housing for graduate students and married couples.
The leaders of the school have considered doing the same with Annex I, but are waiting to see if there is enough demand, President Jerry Falwell Jr. told The News & Advance Aug. 13.
The Commons will be an improvement over the Annex in terms of quality. The new dorms feature:
- 2 person rooms
- Private bathrooms
- Common area on each floor
- Central location near academic buildings
Students are having mixed feelings about this change. Adrianna Rivera, a freshman at the Annex, says she is not looking forward to being moved into the commons. She said she liked living in a dorm but still being “off-campus.”
“I like where I am right now…I don’t have to be surrounded by a ton of people, but at the same time I’m not alone,” Rivera said.
Hornberger is excited about the move. Having been at the Annex since fall 2010, he is looking forward to a change.
“I’m looking forward to having a hall where we’re actually a hall, where our doors open to the inside. I think it will improve community,” Hornberger said.
When asked what his favorite part about the Annex was, Hornberger said it was the “family” aspect of the community. Although he felt each hall was not as close, he felt that the dorms were closer to each other than other places on campus.
“We have great community here because the only way we would have community elsewhere is to actually go to campus, and that’s just too much work,” Hornberger said.
Other students like John Basham, 21, see both the positives and negatives of the change. You can hear his thoughts here.