The Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees voted at this morning’s board meeting to approve the USDA loan resolution on a $6.5 million campus housing project.
The college will be the first Michigan community college to use a low-cost (2.38 percent) USDA Rural Development federal 30-year loan to finance the housing project. In addition, Glen Oaks will be the ninth Michigan community college to add residence halls to its campus.
“This is big news for the college,” said David Devier, Glen Oaks president. “The added dimension of a residence hall to the campus will allow students the opportunity for a complete college experience. Campus housing is a significant asset that will help us in recruiting and attracting students from all of west Michigan and northern Indiana.”
“This is a fantastic investment not just for Glen Oaks Community College but also for the students,” said U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph. “In the long run, the entire Southwest Michigan region wins because the students drawn to Glen Oaks will become part of the well-trained, well-educated workforce for which this region is known.”
Designed by Hollis/Miller architects, of Kansas City, Missouri, the 108-bed, three-story, facility calls for two- and four-suite units that share kitchen and living areas. The building will be located on the northeast corner of the main parking lot.
The next phase of the project involves putting together final architectural plans and obtaining construction bids.
“Groundbreaking on the residence hall is expected yet this fall, with plans for the facility to open with the commence of the Fall, 2017 semester.”
Photo: Above, is the Hollis/Miller architect’s rendition of the new residential hall to be constructed just west of the main entrance to the college and on the north side of the main parking lot.