The university purchased the 10-story hotel for $10 million during a 2011 Allegheny County Sheriff's sale.
RMU houses students on the first-three floors of the building, operating the rest of the facility as a hotel and banquet venue under the Holiday Inn brand.
The Moon-based university, which is readying to complete several on-campus construction projects, has requested that Moon Township amend its zoning ordinance to allow student housing on University Boulevard, which could entitle the property to tax exemptions.
At an accessed value of more than $7 million, the building contributes $22,000 in municipal taxes and more than $145,000 in school taxes, according to county property records.
Moon planning director Adam McGurk said at a township meeting earlier this year that the university argues that student housing should be permitted on University because the Moon Area School District's campus is located across the street from the hotel.
Current township zoning ordinances do not permit student housing on University Boulevard.
Citing dormitory overflow and growth in student enrollment, the university in 2010 began renting out several floors of the hotel to lodge students before it purchased the property. Currently 1,600 students live on the RMU campus, which is located one mile from the hotel.
Students have access to all hotel facilities and are shuttled from the hotel to campus. Students who reside in the hotel pay the same room and board rates as students who live on campus.
So what do you think? Should Robert Morris University be permitted to use the Holiday Inn hotel as a dorm? Should it be entitled to tax exemptions? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.