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Columbia Basin College to offer near-campus housing Fall 2017

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PASCO, WA - Columbia Basin College (CBC) is breaking ground on a new three-story, 27,000 square foot housing complex set to open in the fall of 2017.

CBC leaders told reporter Rex Carlin that the reason they're building this is due to a strong demand from a survey given to current students, who showed a lot of interest in living on campus.

The property is located just south of Tri-Cities Regional Airport, at the corner of Argent Road and 20th Avenue, right across the street from the school's campus.

CBC leaders say building on-site student housing options is a move that looks toward the future of the college.

"What we see on this site is a future for the college," said CBC President Rich Cummins. "We just finished our all-college greeting of the year in our CBC theatre, and of the things I said is 'CBC is this area's institution of the future, that we're looking 10, 15, 20, 30 years down the road'."

CBC is coordinating with ALSC Architects of Spokane on the project, whose leader for the project is CBC graduate Rustin Hall.

Student housing provides an alternative option for students wanting to move out of their parents' house, as well as for athletes or other students from out of the area looking to attend CBC.

The school tells us that CBC will provide property management as well as residence life programs, and that the private developer will build and maintain the facility.