Topeka — A major part of the Daisy Hill skyline will meet the wrecking ball under a plan sought by Kansas University.
KU wants to raze the 10-story McCollum Hall and replace it with two new residence halls, according to a request before the Kansas Board of Regents. The cost of the total project would be $48.7 million and funded with bonds that would be paid off with housing and parking system revenues.
The board will consider the request next week. Jill Jess, a spokeswoman for KU, said until the regents consider the request, she couldn't divulge any more information than the written information that was provided to the board.
The project is before the regents as "an amendment of fiscal year 2014 capital improvement request." Fiscal year 2014 starts July 1, 2013.
There are five residence halls on Daisy Hill, housing more than 2,400 students. McCollum has a capacity for 910 students.
On Daisy Hill, "All of the residence halls have been renovated recently with the exception of McCollum," the information provided to the regents said.
"Even though McCollum has been well-maintained over the years, the space needs for the new housing model do not fit efficiently within the form of the building so renovation is not an option," the memo said.
The two new residence halls will be built west of Hashinger Hall and west of Lewis Hall. Each would be five stories and house 350 students.
"When the two halls are complete, McCollum Hall will be razed and the site converted to parking," the memo said.