Saints Hall taking applications
In just four months, sloping wooded acreage next to LBW Community College in Andalusia has transformed into what will soon become a home away from home for college students.
Saints Hall is a two-building complex on the edge of the Andalusia campus, each rising three stories and containing 12 apartments, owned by the Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Foundation.
“Watching the construction has been nothing short of amazing,” said Kim Carter, Foundation president. “Now we are very close to the official opening.”
Saints Hall will house up to 96 students and serve the campuses in Andalusia and Opp. Apartments are expected to be ready for occupancy by the beginning of fall semester.
“We are receiving applications through the Saints Hall website. So far, more than half the available bedrooms are leased and activity has been brisk,” said Kent Campbell, project manager.
The apartments are intended for students who live out of town, as well as those who want to get more of a collegiate experience, said Carter.
“If you calculate the cost of traveling 30 miles one way to classes at the current federal mileage reimbursement rate, renting at Saints Hall may be more cost effective than commuting for students.”
By living so close to campus, students attending classes in Andalusia are within a three minute walk of class and can enjoy campus attractions, such as the tennis courts, walking trail, fitness center, and sporting events, she said.
For students attending the campus in Opp, it is a 15-mile trip to classes from Saints Hall.
“Saints Hall also provides an opportunity for young people to take the next step into adulthood and independence by living away from the parental home, but still be close enough for easy visits,” she said.
The Foundation pursued the housing opportunity after being notified of approval for a low-interest USDA Rural Development Community Facilities loan to fund the project.
“This is an investment for the Foundation that will grow future scholarships and help students by providing an opportunity to live right next to campus in affordable housing,” said Carter.
LBWCC President Dr. Herb Riedel said students living at Saints Hall may not even need a vehicle since many necessities are within walking distance.
“This is an exciting time for the Foundation, students, and LBW,” said Riedel. “We are pleased with the construction progress, which is ahead of schedule, and look forward to students moving in for fall semester.”
For more information, contact Kent Campbell at (205) 532-6412, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Saints Hall website at www.saints-hall.com.