The Radisson Hotel, which had run the golf course and a hotel on the site, will return the course to the school because of a decline in hotel and golf course revenues. The hotel and the university also are dissolving the Radissons lease on the property, which has been described as deteriorating.
School officials now hope to close the course in April and begin construction on the 600-bed dormitory and an athletic center. The new buildings are scheduled to open in the fall of 2004, officials said. Plans for additional development on the golf course property are under consideration, but one has yet been approved.
The move came as a result of increased demand for on-campus housing, North Texas officials said. Approximately 3,200 freshmen enroll in the school each fall, and more than 85 percent request on-campus housing, they explained.
North Texas has an enrollment of about 30,000 students, and school officials project that number to rise by more than 10 percent in the next 10 years.