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Regents approves campus housing plan

Released: 06/23/2006

BATON ROUGE -- The Louisiana Board of Regents on Thursday approved plans for a $12.5 million apartment complex at LSU Alexandria, leaving just one more step in the process of making student housing a reality.

The university in August will request financing from the State Bond Commission. Then if all goes as planned, construction will begin in September and the first residents will move in next year for the Fall 2007 semester.

“This will change the face of the institution,” Chancellor Robert Cavanaugh said, calling the Board of Regents vote a huge success for the university. “LSUA is changing for the better every day.” Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Services David Wesse said, “We are delighted that the Louisiana Board of Regents has affirmed LSUA’s determination to place student housing on its campus. Campus housing and housing-related services and activities are a key part of the university’s development as a four-year institution and will help the university recruit and retain high quality students.”

Recruiters said they will be able to attract students from throughout the state once campus housing is offered.

The housing complex will be operated by University Housing Services and constructed by Shreveland Construction of Shreveport. It will have apartments with one, two or four bedrooms. Rent will average $400 a month per student. The cost will pay for utilities, cable and Internet access.