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Sound Off: Turning Moon's Holiday Inn into an RMU Dormitory?

Should the Holiday Inn, which is owned by Robert Morris University, be considered a residence hall for students?

 has filed for a partial tax exemption for its Pittsburgh Airport Holiday Inn property on University Boulevard, reports the Post-Gazette

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 , 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 campus is located across the street from the hotel.

Current township zoning ordinances do not permit student housing on University Boulevard. 

, the university in 2010 began renting out several floors of the hotel to lodge students before it purchased the property. Currently 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. 

VERY VERBAL1 August 01, 2012 at 03:23 AM
PLEASE READ MY REPLY TO THIS ARTICLE - THANKS! VERY VERBAL1.
VERY VERBAL1 August 01, 2012 at 03:23 AM
PLEASE READ MY REPLY TO THIS ARTICLE - THANKS! VERY VERBAL1.
VERY VERBAL1 August 01, 2012 at 03:23 AM
PLEASE READ MY REPLY TO THIS ARTICLE - THANKS! VERY VERBAL1.
VERY VERBAL1 August 01, 2012 at 03:24 AM
PLEASE READ MY REPLY TO THIS ARTICLE - THANKS! VERY VERBAL1.
Jonathan Wright August 30, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Glad we agree they have to pay something Verbal1. I agree the local businesses reap benefits from the University and overall, I hope that helps the local residents and the economy in general. I just simply think some thought into the future needs to be done before giving away taxable property. Once you give it, you don't usually get it back! I have to admit, I like the idea of the "small business owner" reaping benefits but honestly, I don't think Walgreens Corporation or other large businesses would miss the cash if RMU disappeared. Again, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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