A new law passed in the Wyoming government gives the University of Wyoming approval and funding for new student housing construction. This bill came about after years of discussion about developing new student housing.
The bill will result in new dorms next to 15th street - one of the busiest streets in town. The University has not built new student housing since the 1960s and the current housing has been inadequate according to Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon. The bill was pushed through this past legislative session with little resistance. Criticism on the bill was mostly over the large price tag. The money would come mostly from the legislature over the next thirty years. But the University would have to pay it all back by raising tuition costs.
Students, however, said that new housing would be beneficial to both them and the University.
"I think it's pretty cool. I haven't really read into that. I think new dorms would be really good. I don't know how old ours are but I know that some are pretty bad. Well, I think it would make it more modern and probably attract more students. That's pretty much it just attracts more students and it might help kind of put Wyoming on the map," said Becca from White Hall.
"I think it's a good move for sure. I think that it's time for the dorms to be updated and I hope that the money is used wisely and spent well," said Hunter from McIntyre Hall.
New dorms would take up space from the Wyoming Union parking lot to the Wyo Hall and would be up to six stories high. Dorms would have to house three-hundred to six-hundred students. Since much of the construction would be near 15th street it would create traffic problems for both pedestrians and cars.
"I feel like that's probably not the best place for dorms it's kind of out of the way compared to the rest of them.
Do you have any opinions on the fact that they might close 15th street? That's probably going to cause a lot of traffic so… not looking forward to it," said Conner from McIntyre Hall.
With these issues and a part in the bill that only requests for a mile-wide parking area but does not require a parking garage students were not looking forward to it.
"I think that's a good idea… I guess. I also think that they should maybe focus more on parking cause parking is just awful here. Maybe turn it into a parking lot instead?" said Riley Ross.
Governor Mark Gordon has signed the "UW Student Housing" Bill into law.