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ICYMI: Ground broken for Glen Oaks residence hall

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Glen Oaks, MI, December 15, 2016 | Tom Wilbur/Lynn Turner (202-225-3761/269-385-0039) | comments

ICYMI: Ground broken for Glen Oaks residence hall

By Michael Patrick

Sturgis Journal

Glen Oaks Community College officially broke ground Wednesday for a 108-bed student housing project.

The ceremony follows the recent vote by the college's board of trustees to approve a $5.3 million bid, submitted by Frederick Construction of Vicksburg, to construct a new dormitory on the Glen Oaks campus.

Construction is expected begin in the coming weeks, weather permitting, with plans for the project to be complete prior to the fall 2017 semester, which begins in late August.
Plans for the three-story student housing project include two- and four-suite units that share kitchen and living areas and two bathrooms. The facility will be located on the north side of the main parking lot, west of the main facility.

GOCC is the first Michigan community college to use a low-cost (2.38 percent) USDA Rural Development federal 30-year loan to finance the housing project.
The groundbreaking ceremony began with a welcome and long list of introductions by Glen Oaks president David Devier.

Next, several people spoke, including U.S. Rep. Fred Upton.

"Community colleges today are more relevant than ever before," Upton said. "And this has been a real landmark institution in St. Joseph County. Seeing it expand to include housing units ... to be able to do this and be able to have kids in their dorms literally by next fall is really terrific and a credit to the folks that are here." 

Read the full story online, via the Sturgis Journal, HERE.

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