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Bluefield State College makes plans for on-campus housing

BLUEFIELD, WV (WVNS) - Bluefield State College administrators planned to bring something back to the college that has been missing for nearly 50 years. President Robin Capehart said the lack of on-campus housing is an issue he wants to resolve for students. 

"When I came down to talk to folks about working here, this is the one thing I've heard over and over again is we need housing. There's been some plans to have some housing, but the fact is you can have plans to have housing, but eventually you got to get rolling," Capehart said. 

Four buildings will soon take over the parking lot located just outside of the Othello Harris-Jefferson Student Center. Students can move into Heritage Village, or one of the four buildings, as of August 2020. President Capehart said it is very important to have on-campus housing to offer students.

"There's people that are here all the time, there's activities that are going on. There's always activities when students are on campus to give them things to do in the evenings. So it'll be very exciting," Capehart said. 

He also said any students on campus through construction will not have to deal with it getting in the way of them getting to places. 

"We don't think parking is going to be a problem. And really, because it's located on the corner of the campus, it's probably not something you'll have to go around," President Capehart said. 

The Student Center will also see some renovations in the coming year to better accommodate for those living on campus.

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