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Dormitory to close for renovations

By Michael J. Garrison

Senior House will close to residents this summer for physical renovations, according to Lawrence E. Maguire, associate director of Housing and Food Services. He said the closure is "part of an on-going plan for major renovations on east campus."

Stephen T. Lentz '86, Senior House president, said 125 house residents signed a petition asking that the dormitory remain open. They sent it to Housing and Food Services.

The petition also asked that none of the murals in the house be altered, Maguire said; physical plant is "not going to touch anything generic to the house."

"Similar work at East Campus last summer proved that keeping houses open while doing major renovations is not the best plan," stated a letter written to Senior House residents by House Manager Lucile N. White. The renovations at East Campus, which continued into the fall term, are still unfinished, according to Maguire. Senior House has "got to be complete ... by the fall term," he said.

"Senior House residents who desire summer housing will be relocated to other dormitories," White's letter continued. Lentz projected that 80 residents will have to leave Senior House for the summer.

The Institute has "no plans whatsoever" for where present Senior House residents who desire housing for the summer will live, Lentz said. "It's up to us" to find space in the dormitory system, he added.

Efforts are "being made to put Senior House people together" in other dormitories over the summer, Maguire said. But there are no definite alternatives yet. The planning process is "still on-going," he explained.

Renovations to dormitories on the east campus were prompted after MIT located "money in the reserves" and decided to make "east campus more like a campus," Maguire said.

Most of the work will be done on the heating, hot water and sewage systems, according White's letter. Housing and Food Services also plans to repair and replace some of the masonry and to remove the ivy from the building. A petition is circulating within Senior House which asks the Institute to save the ivy, Lentz said.

In addition to the work at Senior House, East Campus still requires new bathrooms and major landscaping, Maguire said.