MSU residence hall to blend into historic Springfield neighborhood

Sunday, July 31, 2011 | 4:52 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — Missouri State University is planning a new residence hall that's expected to blend into a historic neighborhood.

The proposed 300-bed building will have a contemporary interior design, but its facade will fit into the historic district, said Gary Stewart, director of residence life and services.

"It will look like homes," he told The Springfield News-Leader.

He said the new residence hall could be ready as soon as fall 2013. Instead of seeking a private developer, MSU plans to borrow money for this project and build it by itself, Stewart said.

For years, MSU has been exploring possibilities to add more apartment-style housing to its stock, because students have told the school repeatedly that they would prefer apartments that offer more privacy and amenities.

This spring, the university acquired the property on Walnut Street, adjacent to university-owned Kentwood South Apartments, for $467,000. The university has razed Kentwood South Apartments and is clearing the newly acquired lot, preparing the building site for the future residence hall.

Parking will be placed behind the building, and no freshman students will be housed at this residence hall, Stewart said.

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