CMU breaks ground on new dorm

Colorado Mesa University trustees, employees and boosters turned the dirt Thursday evening on the site of the university’s newest residence hall.

The new residence hall on the southeast corner of Texas and Cannell avenues will be the first of four residence halls clustered between Elm and Texas avenues on either side of Cannell, which CMU President Tim Foster said Thursday will eventually be closed.

The development as a whole will be called Renaissance Village Housing. Each of the four halls will house up to 209 students.

The four-story, 46,190-square-foot flagship building in Renaissance Village will cost $9 million to build. 
Students will pay off the cost of construction through boarding fees.

The building is scheduled to open next summer.

Colorado Mesa opened Orchard Avenue Apartments this month, Bunting Student Housing in August 2011, North Avenue Student Housing in August 2009, and Grand Mesa Residence Hall in August 2006. The campus has room for 2,065 students to live on-campus but a study performed last year by an outside research firm hired by Colorado Mesa showed the school could likely get another 510 students to live on-campus if housing was available, even including the school’s newest apartment complex.


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