Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News
Developer Crawford Hoying will be making improvements to Wright State’s residence halls, including adding a pool and several outdoor recreation courts.
Wright State’s board of trustees unanimously gave President Sue Edwards approval to oversee plans from Crawford Hoying without the board’s further approval at their meeting Thursday. Trustee Doug Fecher recused himself.
AM Management, the previous contractors to run Wright State residence halls, sold the properties to the Columbus-based real estate company in March, the university said. Crawford Hoying helped build the Water Street district in downtown Dayton near Day Air Ballpark, and currently has multiple apartment buildings under construction downtown.
Bob Hoying, principle at Crawford Hoying, said the company plans to make its own improvements to the residence halls, which will be done at no cost to the university. The amenities will be built at a location near the existing student housing, including the Honors Hall and The Village.
Those improvements include pools and outdoor recreation areas, which Hoying said may get students to want to stay through the summer.
“We think it’s just one of those things to be competitive with all the other market rate apartments that are in the area,” Hoying said. “This is something that we think can have a huge impact on the student population, attracting new students but also getting students to stay here year-round.”