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Robert Morris University gets OK for Yorktown Hall dormitory

| Monday, July 22, 2013, 10:21 p.m.

Moon supervisors have rezoned a former Holiday Inn to allow Robert Morris University to convert the building into a dormitory that will be known as Yorktown Hall.

Supervisors voted 4-0 Monday night to rezone the hotel on University Boulevard and 12 nearby properties for dormitory and other educational uses. Supervisor Frank Sinatra was absent.

The supervisors agreed to grant a conditional use permit for the Holiday Inn property.

Supervisors had raised questions about safety and loss of tax revenue connected to the project. Robert Morris bought the hotel at a sheriff's sale in 2011, after leasing some rooms for students the prior year. The Holiday Inn portion of the building closed July 15.

Robert Morris plans to house about 500 students in 250 Yorktown Hall rooms this fall.

Sandra Fischione Donovan is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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