Plans for on-campus housing at Calumet College of St. Joseph advance with assistance from the City of Hammond
Calumet College of St. Joseph has been planning to add dorms to the campus since 2013. And now those plans have been set into action. In fall of 2017, CCSJ is set to open its first ever dormitories, along with a new food service facility. This makes the future of the college brighter than ever before. CCSJ student Jeff Potat believes there are positives and negatives that come with the college acquiring dorms:
“It is a good idea for the fact that it makes it a real college feel, and convenient for many students that already attend,” Potat said. “But how will the students who are already enrolled at CCSJ be treated when it comes to trying to obtain a dorm, and how will the tuition be affected?”
The two dorms will be located across College Blvd., where the old 2500 building was demolished three years ago. The food service facility will be located adjacent the library windows, where staff and faculty usually park.
Along with the building additions, the parking lot in use now will become a common area with walkways and paths, while four new parking lots will be paved. Two located behind the dormitories, and the other two where Alumni park is now located.
CCSJ President Dr. Dan Lowery spoke enthusiastically about the project and was certain that the buildings could be completed by next November if plans were expedited, but said, “We want to open up the buildings at the beginning of a fresh year, so the transition for the college and students will be easier.”
He also went on to describe how three committees are in the mix, with two taking a lead in the process. The two committees consist of a board building committee, which would take care of design and construction, along with a finance committee, which would deal with the financial aspects of the project.
There are two options the college can pursue to finance and build the dorms. In the first, a private company would own the buildings, but not the land. Their revenue would be generated from their ownership of the buildings. The second option, which Dr. Lowery favors, would involve a partnership with the city in which both parties could earn revenue from the dorms.
The City of Hammond is in favor of joining with Calumet College of St. Joseph on the project, and Dr. Lowery says, “The city is helping, and wants to be a partner.”
These plans would need to be finalized by early fall 2016 if the dorms are to be ready for the 2017 academic year. The board will need to approve final designs and financing will need to be arranged. The contractors will also need to be chosen. After these stages are complete, the contract will then be proposed to the city and signed off for the opening of dormitories in September 2017.
These buildings will help the countless number of students that live in the Whiting/Hammond area, especially the athletes and scholars from other states and countries. The trek from the dorms would take roughly two minutes and would greatly benefit these students.
These plans will allow CCSJ to grow and make it a major player when it comes to attracting students from the Northwest Indiana area.
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