Enrollment Declines, Housing Not Affected

Spring is in full swing and it comes with the sound of construction. The main project that is visible from campus is the apartments being built north of the stadium.

Apartment buildings are popping up all over Rexburg which leads to the question, by the time these are expected to be finished in 2014, will we have enough students to fill them?”

Val Christensen, the community development director, says that a 10-15% vacancy rate is considered healthy for the community, “Obviously you can’t keep a place completely full cause when somebody moves out it takes a while to get somebody in when you have somebody else move out. Especially when you have a lot of different units, you’re going to have some vacancy rate.”

The Planning and Zoning Dept. expects Rexburg to grow over the next few years.

Christensen says that in single student housing, there are more rooms than students to fill them, “That’s based on the LDS churches decision to lower the missionary age”.

But what do the changes in missionary age mean for campus housing in the coming years?

“It goes up and down its hard to follow the line especially when you have something like the missionary decision.” Says Christensen

Jon Phister, Owner and Developer Relations Manager at BYU-Idaho says, “With this missionary announcement, that’s affected things quite a bit, were going to need more housing because when all these missionaries come back we need a place for them to stay.”

Developers are busy making sure that those students will have a bed to sleep in once they’ve returned.

 

4 Responses

  1. Well done Adam! Jon and my Dad actually use to work together. Weird. Haha! Great Job.

  2. Nate Jones says:

    There are some good points in this article, but the missionary age change has significantly affected campus housing. Because of the change in the missionary program, both the new dorms and the agriculture building have been put off indefinitely. The funding that would go to those buildings was put into the missionary programs, instead of constructing new buildings for housing on campus.
    I think this article could have been better if the topic was explored more.

  3. Adam Scholes says:

    Nate, thanks for the ideas. We’ll look into covering this in more depth.

  4. Cameron Bullock says:

    This was an interesting article I think there is a lot to be said about the housing in Rexburg…Interesting info Nate!

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