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The West Chester University Foundation recently broke ground on a new student housing complex on South Campus.
The project expands housing at the Village with five three-story apartment buildings, bringing 264 new beds to campus. Each apartment offers a living room, kitchen and two bathrooms, and can accommodate four students – each with a private bedroom.
Both construction and operation of the units, once open, will be the responsibility of University Student Housing, the subsidiary of the West Chester University Foundation that builds and operates campus housing.
Total cost is approximately $25 million. The apartments are scheduled for completion in time for the Fall 2013 semester.
The time is right for the University to add housing since McCarthy Hall, a 1960s-era dormitory, is scheduled for demolition in mid-2013 in preparation for construction of the undergraduate Business and Public Affairs Center on that site. That facility will bring the College of Business and Public Affairs’ undergraduate programs, faculty offices and classrooms together under one roof. It is expected to be open by Fall 2015.
According to Rich Przywara, executive director of the West Chester University Foundation, "The goal is to revitalize as much of the housing as possible and increase capacity."
He also noted that University Student Housing is moving forward with plans for Commonwealth Hall on New Street at the west edge of the residential quad where Sanderson Hall stood until it was razed in 2010. The eight-story structure will contain suites with semi-private bathrooms and be built in a style similar to the three newest North Campus residence halls (Allegheny, Brandywine, and University halls). Construction is expected to begin in early 2013 and be completed in the summer of 2014. It will accommodate 660 resident students.