continued Jeffrey Buell, development executive for United Group, said the company, which manages several other student housing projects, runs a tight ship. If any student violates established rules they can be removed from the property within 24 hours.
“It is vital for us to know that we have the support of the college in a project like this and Dr. Bullock has been upfront with us from the beginning that he sees this as a huge need for the college. We are hoping to form a long-lasting relationship,” said Buell.
The enrollment growth at SCCC, said Buell, is another reason he believes student housing will be a sustainable at the college.
“I think for a long time people have been convinced that there is a market here for student housing and I believe the economy submarined previous plans for this project,” said Buell. “It makes a lot of sense in a lot of different areas.”
Bullock said it gives the college a chance to further recruit students from outside the area to enhance the college community. Also, creating the experience of a four-year college is important.
“It gives the students a chance to explore the college life and get a first hand experience of what it means to be in college and being able to engage in meaningful residential life experiences, as well as being engaged in positive activities that we facilitate through our student affairs,” said Bullock. “For the last five years it has been a priority of the board and president to bring student housing as a reality. There have been a lot of requests.”