Rendering of the proposed Illiana Building. (Photo: Curran Architecture / Valpolife.com)
Calumet College of St. Joseph (CCSJ) students may have additional housing options in the coming semesters.
Construction of the new, five-story Illiana Building is scheduled to begin in 2019. Built on the site of the former Illiana Hotel, the building will feature 32 units, which will be a mixture of one and two bedroom apartments.
These apartments could be an ideal place for incoming freshmen and current students to call home.
Currently students have limited housing options. Most students that live “on campus” rent nearby houses. This is manageable option if students share the $900 to $1500 monthly rental fee with 3 to 6 other students. Because demand for housing is intense, some teams pass the housing down from one cohort to the next. But for students who have just arrived to campus or who don’t have teammates to help share the burden of rent, there aren’t many options. It seems that rental housing is either already taken or in poor condition.
Ashley Luna, a junior at CCSJ, states that “not having dorms made it hard for me to come to this school. When I first decided to come to CCSJ, I was living out in Michigan. I think if we had dorms or the school introduced us to places to live, it would have made my transition a lot smoother.”
Junior, Ivan Miranda currently shares a rented house with four other teammates. He claims “even with the rent split four ways it still is a bit much.” He also states that he understands why the rent is so high. “It’s a reasonable amount to pay for a house, but I don’t need a house: I just need a dorm room.”
Calumet College students have urged the school to build dorms or find a way to expand housing options for several years. Plans to construct dorms are on hold for the time being, but the college found an innovative solution.
Enter the Illiana Building. CCSJ is partnering with developer Holladay Properties to secure a block of 12 apartments that will be available exclusively to CCSJ students. The school plans to house 2 to 4 students in the 2-bedroom, 1-bath apartments.
President McCormack states, “This partnership will allow the school to provide housing for incoming freshman and current students.” This creative approach provides students a dorm-like experience without making them wait years for the university to finance, design, and construct dormitories.
President McCormack praised the amenities of the new complex. “It’s in a great location. It’s walking distance from the school, located on 119thright in the heart of Whiting’s shops and restaurants. It’s also only a short walk from the beach.”
President McCormack also added, “even if students decided not to rent the apartments that were purchased through the school, they will still be able to rent from the Iliana Apartment complex itself.”
The apartments are scheduled to be available by the fall of 2020. This partnership will allow the school to offer current and future students housing options that simply don’t exist today. Not only will these apartments help the school recruit more students, but it will also help make students feel like a they have a home of their own and a place where they belong.
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