New WVSU housing to be funded by private group

CHARLESTON (AP) — A private development company will finance a new student housing facility planned for West Virginia State University.

The school announced this month that it would build its first new dormitory since 1969.

President Brian Hemphill told the Charleston Daily Mail that the dorm is slated to house about 300 students and offer suite or apartment-style housing. It will cost between $16 million and $19 million. WVSU chose Miami-based developer Mantra for the project.

The public-private venture is similar to one recently announced by West Virginia University. WVU is partnering with Paradigm Development Group to construct a $70 million student housing and retail structure in Morgantown’s Sunnyside neighborhood.

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