MSU, Greystar celebrate opening of College View student housing development

Mississippi State and Greystar officials cut a ribbon to mark the completion of the College View student housing development, which includes over 650 residential beds and 46,000 square feet of residential space. Pictured, from left, are MSU’s Bully mascot, Hanbury Principal and Planner Reid Sabin, Montgomery Martin Contractors Vice President Jeff Emerson, MSU Director of Housing and Residence Life Dei Allard, McCarty Architects Architectural Team Leader Justin Harrington, Greystar Senior Managing Director of University Partnerships Julie Skolnicki, MSU President Mark E. Keenum, Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill, Greystar Vice President for Real Estate Development Mark Grambergs, MSU Student Association President Jake Manning, MSU Fiscal Operations Analyst Les Potts, MSU Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Hyatt and MSU Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer Don Zant. (Photo by Beth Wynn)

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STARKVILLE, Miss.—With the fall 2019 semester right around the corner, Mississippi State University is opening a new housing development that is the first of its kind in the state.

MSU and Greystar Real Estate Partners held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday [Aug. 8] to officially open the College View development, a public-private partnership between MSU and an affiliate of Greystar. The $67 million facility includes 656 residential beds, 46,000 square feet of retail space and a 7,000 square foot addition to the MSU Child Development and Family Studies Center.

“This development sets a new standard for student housing in Mississippi and provides a unique way to meet our growing housing demands,” MSU President Mark E. Keenum said. “I am thankful to everyone at MSU, the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees and Greystar who has worked to make this project a reality.”

The public-private partnership with Greystar gives MSU the benefits of a new building without issuing bonds or assuming additional debt. Greystar is financing, building and managing the development utilizing a 40-year lease of university land with a 10-year renewal option.

“We are delighted to celebrate the opening of College View, which will provide MSU students with a high-quality on-campus housing option that is intended to promote greater learning outcomes,” said Julie Skolnicki, Senior Managing Director of University Partnerships at Greystar. “Research shows that creating the right environment can lead to higher retention and graduation rates, and we’re thrilled to work with MSU to enhance its students’ on-campus experience.”

The development is named after the street it resides on and is located within walking distance of MSU’s athletic and academic facilities, as well as the Cotton District and downtown Starkville. College View includes one-, two- and four-bedroom units that are available to MSU upperclassmen, as well as recreational amenities and an outdoor entertainment zone.

“College View is an exciting new addition to our campus housing portfolio,” said MSU Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Hyatt. “It gives our upper-division students the autonomy of apartment-style living and the conveniences associated with on-campus living like close proximity to classes, athletic venues and dining options. The new Bulldog Square will also enhance student life as we now have a new space for outdoor music, festivals and events. Importantly, we look forward to seeing new retail locations, restaurants and more which will not only enhance student life but also our greater Starkville community.”

College View is powered by an advanced microgrid energy system that makes the development more efficient and improves the resiliency of its power systems. Developed by Blue Sky Power, the microgrid will reduce MSU’s carbon footprint by approximately 750 metric tons of carbon per year, resulting in $116,000 in annual savings.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 12:46 pm