The Rochester Institute of Technology will use the former Radisson Airport Hotel at 175 Jefferson Road to house students diagnosed with COVID-19, it announced earlier this week.
Rochester Airport Hospitality LLC offered the property to RIT last August. Located right next to the school’s Henrietta campus, the building has 171 rooms, conference rooms and a swimming pool. It is valued at around $ 5.4 million in addition to the $ 1.2 million for the land.
The original plan was to turn it into “a beautiful place for people to live, eat and bring guests” and to create more socially remote housing for students rather than quarantine, according to a statement provided to Democrat and Chronicle last summer by Howard Ward, Associate Vice President of Student Auxiliary Services.
If needed, additional rooms for students who test positive for COVID-19 will be available at the RIT Inn and Conference Center, 5257 West Henrietta Road, Henrietta, the college said.
Deals have been made with an unnamed hotel in downtown Rochester for rooms for students who have not tested positive but may have come in contact with people who have.
Students in quarantine at 175 Jefferson and the RIT Inn will have meals delivered, the school said.