As published in Toledo Business Journal - September 1, 2017

Rendering of The Landings at Terra Village student housing

Rendering of The Landings at Terra Village student housing

Terra State invests $14.5M in Fremont

Terra State Community College has broken ground on its new $14.5 million The Landings at Terra Village student housing facility. The four-story, 95,000 square foot building will be able to hold 200 students in apartment-styled suites and will be located east of State Route 53 and north of Terra Boulevard.

Construction for the project began in late July and is aimed to be complete by mid-July of 2018. Students will be able to move in prior to the fall semester in August of 2018.

Dr. Jerome Webster, president and CEO of Terra State, said, “It’s going to be a 200-bed residence hall that will be apartment-style residence hall suites. We’re very excited about this because this is a project that’s been ongoing for about the past four to five years. We’ve done three different market feasibility studies and sought out students’ interest in living on campus, which has been something that our students have requested for several years.”

According to Webster, the new residence hall was designed by MKC Architects of Powell, Ohio and is being constructed by University Housing Solutions of Columbus. The hall will include four room options for students – one-bed studio, two-bed single, two-bed double and four-bed. A total of 57 one-bed studio rooms will make up the majority of units and each unit will have its own living, kitchen, and bathroom areas. The variety of room offerings will allow different price points to fit the needs of the students.

In addition to the residential offerings, there will be a 5,000 square foot retail component that can be used for businesses such as a bookstore, bank, or café. According to Webster, students will be able to take advantage of outdoor activities as well. Benches will be available that can serve as a quiet study area, outdoor grills will be provided for students’ use, as well as an outdoor television, and a number of other games.

Roy W. Klay Hall at Terra State Community College

Roy W. Klay Hall at Terra State Community College

“There will be community spaces where students can hang out with each other in the community area on each floor as well as 5,000 square feet of retail space. So a college bookstore is moving to that space. There will be a coffeehouse and a convenience shop for students. The coffeehouse will be a café-bakery kind of thing,” said Webster. “On top of that, there will be a branch of the local credit union that will be right in the building as well, along with a drive-up window for the credit union and a drive-up window for the coffeehouse. So we’ll provide retail access for the community as well as for the students on campus, and I think that’s a little bit of a different feature than a typical residential facility on college campuses.”

According to Webster, Terra State will be only the second community college in the state to have on-campus housing. Hocking College in Hocking Hills is the only other community college with student housing.

Terra Village Holdings, a 501(c)(3) entity, leased the land from Terra State and will be responsible for all construction and operation of the new facility.

Webster said there could potentially be a second phase of student housing if demand warrants, but the college wants to see how The Landings at Terra Village does and what the demand for more student housing is before they move forward with any plans.

“We’re just really excited about this project. It’s certainly continuing to allow us to transform Terra State into an institution for the future. There are so many dynamic changes happening in higher education, and we believe that this is a great move for all of our students and the communities we serve. We are really looking forward to this at Terra State,” concluded Webster.


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