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New Mexico State University regents approve student housing projects

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents today (Monday, Oct. 25, 2004) approved $31.5 million in construction projects for the university's Housing and Residential Life program, including a new freshman residence and an apartment-style complex.

jects, all on the main campus in Las Cruces, are expected to be completed by the fall of 2006. They will be financed with revenue bonds, which are repaid with housing fees.

"This action is a substantial step toward addressing the quality of life of our present and future students," board President Bob Gallagher said at the meeting held on the NMSU-Alamogordo campus. "The current dorms are old and don't reflect the needs of today's residents. We listened to our students and acted in accordance to their needs."

The new apartment-style residential community will be located at the northeast corner of Stewart and Locust streets on the main campus. The $13.9 million project will demolish some of the existing Alumni Avenue dormitories and replace them with multi-story residential community clusters offering 333 new beds. The complex will be predominantly two-bedroom units with some four-bedroom modules as well.

The $12 million freshman residence project will offer 300 new beds in a suite-style, double-occupancy configuration. The facility will be constructed on a site east of the Garcia Hall residence center and near the Corbett Center Student Union, in the heart of the campus.

In addition to the residential facilities, the regents approved a $5.6 million community center project to serve the student family housing community on the south side of the main campus. This multi-purpose project, to be located at the southeast corner of Wells and Williams streets, will include study and meeting rooms, a computer lab, separate after-school care and day care facilities, a game room, TV/video room, lounge areas and retail shops.