The future of Western Illinois’ Tanner Hall

In an email to resident assistants, Western Illinois University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) confirmed Wednesday that Tanner Hall will be taken offline in fall 2019.

In new information released to NEWS3 by University Relations, the plan to take the dorm offline is based on projected enrollment numbers for fall 2019.

While the email from UHDS to resident assistants confirms that Tanner Hall will be taken offline, University Relations said “this is currently still in the discussion phase among university leadership.”

There is no plan to raze Tanner Hall as the building would be reopened if an uptrend in enrollment occurs.

If enrollment figures stay the same, all new freshman will be housed in Bayliss and Henninger Halls only.

Taking Tanner Hall offline could save $30 million in deferred maintenance costs, according to a facilities assessment from 2008.

Resident assistants and building service workers will be shifted to other halls as needed.

Tanner Hall opened in fall 1968.