Gordon breaks ground on new housing

Tue, 04/24/2007 - 3:30pm
By: The Citizen

Fayetteville businessman and chairman of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents Allan Vigil will be the guest speaker at the groundbreaking for Gordon College’s newest resident housing, Gordon Village.

The event is April 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the construction site between the Gordon Commons and the academic building on the east side of the campus.

“Gordon College has not been able to meet the demand for on campus housing for many years,” said Gordon President Lawrence Weill. “As an access point in the university system, we provide a critical need for commuting students in the immediate area. We also serve students who require the benefits of an access college, but who live outside a reasonable commuting distance. This project positions Gordon College to better meet the needs of students.”

The village is designed for 400 students and will offer a variety of housing options such as suites and more traditional two-to-a-room apartments. It will be built adjacent to the newest campus housing, Gordon Commons, which opened to students in 2005.

Construction is being financed though the sales of municipal bonds and is expected to begin in May. The village is expected to be open for students in August 2008.

Local dignitaries and members of the Gordon College Foundation will also take part in the event. The public is invited. Those attending are asked to park in the parking lot off Spencer Street behind the Fire Arts building. Visitors will be directed from there to the site.

More than 375 residents of Fayette County attend Gordon College, located in Barnesville. Gordon College is a residential state college of the University System of Georgia and offers more than 60 programs of study to more than 3,600 students.

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