Second phase of apartments approved to accommodate growth
Plans have been to begin the second phase of construction of a four-story apartment-style building later this year to accommodate growing student enrollment.
The new campus building will connect to an existing four-story apartment building, adding 93 single rooms in 25 apartments as well as a new main entrance from the east parking lot, an elevator providing ADA-accessibility to all units and a two-story townhouse-style unit for an apartment manager. In addition, the third and fourth floors of Coffman Hall will be renovated into small-group housing units.
The new building and renovations will be financed with a $6.4 million bond, which will be repaid over 30 years.
Phase 1 of the apartment complex – a four-story complex with 16 apartments and 25,000 square feet – was completed in August 2004. Construction of Phase 2 is expected to begin in March and be completed in December 2007.
For the fall 2007, Goshen College expects to have 720 residential students — compared with 594 students living on campus in the fall 2006. The need for more housing is driven by rising enrollment and an on-campus residency requirement, which will be in place next fall.