Student Housing: New housing on rise near S.C. State

A 240-bedroom housing complex rising near South Carolina State University should be finished by the time students arrive next fall, the owner says.

“They have outdated housing there and this is definitely a marketing tool for them,” owner Henry Graham said. “It will encourage more students to come to Orangeburg and South Carolina State.”

In addition, Claflin University could use more housing and Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College has new sports programs which may draw more students and increase the need for housing, Graham said.

“The need is here,” he added.

The housing complex, The Campus Corner, is under construction at the corner of Campus Drive and Chestnut Street. It is next to University Village, which houses about 450 students.

The project consists of four 16,000-square-foot buildings on about 1.5 acres.

It will include 60 four-bedroom, 1,100-square-foot suites. The suites will include a shared kitchen and living room, and will be fully furnished with a washer/dryer, microwave and refrigerator. Two students will share a bathroom.

A planned 150-space parking lot is planned on Campus Drive. The cost for occupancy will be $500 a month per student, including utilities, Internet and cable.

The project is contracted by North Carolina-based DIR Construction. Construction began March 22 with plumbing and mechanical work beginning April 11. It has a target opening date of Aug. 18.

The complex will be managed by Campus Corner Property Management.

For more information about the complex, visit www.thecampuscorner.com.

[thetandd.com]

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