Sullivan University has acquired a Holiday Inn near Newburg Road and the Watterson Expressway and will convert the property into student housing. The 200-room hotel will close at the end of September and will immediately undergo a $1 million renovation to convert the building into a residence hall for 400 students.
Situated on five acres on Gardiner Pointe Drive, the announcement marks the institution’s first foray into University owned housing. Currently, Sullivan University leases blocks of apartments in Louisville’s East End. With a growing student body from 38 different states, the acquisition will allow for close-to-campus housing.
Planned renovations to the 138,000 square foot building include adding a security system, an on-site convenience store, a new dining area and kitchen, and expanded workout and computer study facilities. Work is expected to wrap up in late February of 2010 and will be occupied shortly thereafter. The structure underwent a $4.5 million upgrade in the past four years.