Victoria College will likely outgrow campus
Oct. 25, 2010 at 5:25 a.m.
Updated Oct. 26, 2010 at 5:26 a.m.
HISTORY OF UHV FACILITIES In 1973-74, Victoria College built its current administration building for UHV to use under a lease agreement.
In 1991, VC bond funds were used to build and furnish the current West building for UHV use.
In 1997, VC sold the land and West building for an expanded UHV campus. Later, the University of Houston System built Center Building to support UHV growth.
VICTORIA COLLEGE SITE USAGE Total usable area: 73 acres
Currently developed: 58.5 acres
Enrollment /site ratio: 69 students per acre
Undeveloped capacity: 980 students
Having a means to flush a toilet could become a discussion topic as growth continues around the Victoria College campus.
VC board members discussed limitations for the property and future growth on the 73-acre campus at a special facilities committee meeting Monday.
Adequate drainage and the sewer system are two big issues for the property, which sits on a former rice field.
"Regardless of what buildings or parking lot we want, if we can't flush a toilet, it doesn't really matter," said Robby Burdge, who chairs the committee.
Larry Garrett, VC executive director of institutional planning and special projects, said the school has room for about 1,000 more students if it continues building the way it has in the past, but planning for the next 10 years is confusing.
"I'm a little challenged on that because of our recent enrollment growth," he said. "I don't know whether to plan for that being sustained over multiple years or to slow down again."
VC President Tom Butler said VC does not have a written agreement with the University of Houston - Victoria about the future use of its buildings. A VC facilities committee is working on a written memorandum of agreement between the two schools which still needs approval from the VC board of trustees.
"Whatever happens to those buildings long-term affects us...," he said. "The big issues were one: that we didn't want to be saddled with some responsibility for buildings that we didn't necessarily need, or want or could afford, and secondly, we didn't want those buildings to be put to some use that could detract from the college."
The UHV buildings are on what was once VC property, and the committee suggested the college should not give up any land for UHV to use long term.
"We would ultimately outgrow our current site. So it wouldn't make sense to devote much lands for use by UHV," Butler said.
The committee suggested a future meeting with UHV, the Victoria school district, Citizens Medical Center and the city as it continues to make its master plan, which should be completed next summer.
"We all have the same common interest in growing in the area where we are now, and we all have the same needs," Butler said.