Mississippi State and Greystar officials cut a ribbon for the College View student housing development, From left to right: 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 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. 

Mississippi State University will now have a new housing development for its upperclassmen after the opening of the College View development Thursday.

The university and Greystar Development Partners held a ribbon cutting for College View, a public-private partnership between them. The $67 million facility includes 656 residential beds for MSU upperclassmen, as well as 46,000 square feet of retail space. The project also included a 7,000 square foot addition to the MSU Child Development and Family Studies Center.

The development is the first public-private partnership of its kind on a university campus. Ground was broken on the facility in March 2018.

The project was financed and built by Greystar, who has a 40-year lease on the land College View is built on, with a 10-year renewal option.

“All of that is very positive for both our students and the Starkville community,“ said MSU Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Hyatt. “We are excited particularly because this is a new type of housing we now have available for students on campus.”

The residential space at College View is divided into studio, one bedroom, two bedroom and four bedroom apartments.

She said the university hoped College View would be a model for other Mississippi institutions.

“Our hopes are that students find this to be a really comfortable and enriching environment that aids in their growth and development and helps propel them to graduation,” Hyatt said.

She also said she hoped the retail and entertainment space would be a draw to the Starkville community.

“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,” said Greystar Senior Managing Director of University Partnerships Julie Skolnicki.

College View’s first residents will move in Sunday.


For more on this story, read Friday's Starkville Daily News.

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