February 11, 2009
JACKSON -- The state House passed a bill Tuesday to give Mississippi University for Women permission to sell Carrier Lodge, an off-campus recreational and overnight facility MUW no longer wants.
Carrier, built in 1962, is not being used much and could be sold to generate money for the school.
House Bill 415 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
The House Appropriations Committee earlier this month approved the bill requested by MUW and sent it to the full House for approval.
MUW has said the building is not being used much and could be sold to generate much-needed cash for the school. School officials also cited security problems at Carrier Lodge. Not having to patrol Carrier Lodge at night and on weekends could save the school money on security.
Overlooking the old Tombigbee River, Carrier was built in 1962 as recreational and dining facility with sleeping quarters. However, it''s mainly just used now for social-club meetings when other space on the MUW campus isn''t available.
State universities are required to get the Legislature''s permission to sell property.
If Carrier is put up for sale, MUW must get two appraisals and have the purchase price be at least the average of those values; no appraisal has been performed yet.