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New graduate dorm waiting for permit

The opening of the new graduate student dormitory at 143 Albany Street will be delayed until the Cambridge Fire Department issues a permit approving the building's fire alarm system, according to Director of Housing and Food Services Lawrence E. Maguire. The construction of the building is finished, but it cannot be inhabited until the permit is obtained. The Housing Office expects the building to open by July 1.

At least 63 students were hoping to move in by June 15, including six students who vacated Tang Hall rooms which are now being renovated. The new residents can move their belongings into their respective rooms but cannot sleep over, according to Linda L. Patton, the Manager of Housing Services. The students have been placed temporarily in Ashdown House, where five of them are presently registered, according to Lee C. Birks, the Ashdown House manager.

The dorm, which is known as 143 Albany Street, is characterized by its square shape surrounding a grassy courtyard. Originally an office building, the building had to undergo extensive renovation. The design was made by Rojas Vogt, a firm led by two young architects who studied at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

The rents in the new apartments are much higher than those in the other single graduate student apartments in Tang Hall. The rent, which includes utilities other than phone, will be $742 per person per month in one-<>

bedroom apartments, $620 per month in studios, $401 in two-bedroom apartments, $389 in three-bedroom, and $345 for rooms in four-bedroom apartments. In comparison, rents at Tang Hall (up by 6.6% this year) are $284, $307, and $314 in the cheapest two, three, and four bedroom apartments.

One hundred and ninety students will live in Albany's 88 apartments. In accord with the new graduate student housing policy, one-half of these students will be incoming graduate students, while the other half will consist of continuing students, including graduates participating in joint bachelor's and master's degree programs, Patton said.

Married students cannot live at 143 Albany due to Cambridge zoning restrictions. MIT will appeal the restrictions during the next year, Maguire said.

Registration for the new dormitory has stopped until it opens. As of now, 50 continuing graduate students have registered: 33 from Tang Hall, 1 from Ashdown, and 16 from off-campus apartments. Thirteen incoming students are now registered to live in the new dorm. "We lost a lot of incoming students due to the delay," Patton said.