From the Houstonian:
In a meeting yesterday with residents of Gintz Family Apartments, university officials attempted to address some of the concerns raised by tenants who were informed weeks earlier of the upcoming demolition of their current home.
University President James Gaertner began the meeting by confirming the demolition of the Gintz Apartments would take place immediately following the end of the Spring 2005 semester.
Gaertner stated the demolition of Gintz is timely and necessary.
"The reason for doing it, I think, is obvious. The apartments are getting to be old and pretty hard to keep up," he said. "They are old enough that when I was a graduate student, my wife and I lived in the Gintz Apartments. So, they are just getting to the point where there is a safety issue and a cost issue of trying to keep them up to the standards that they need to be at."
"We are not certain about what is going to happen, but it is our intention to build student housing where Gintz is and either somewhere in close proximity to build some other family housing. We don't have it approved by anyone yet. So we must get the approvals before we can do any of this," said Gaertner.