Early phases of construction are underway in off-campus housing

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Two hundred and forty student hous­ing units will be located in the 1300 block of West Parkway Drive.

A Texas firm, Domus Development LLC, will build, own and operate the units. The project is estimated to cost around $20 to $25 million, according to Tony Moore of Moore and Co. Realtors.

The university’s Board of Trustees recently granted easements to Domus Development to build a pedestrian trail and bridge on land owned by Tech. This bridge and trail is meant to connect Do­mus’ new housing units to campus when the units are completed in fall 2019.

Spencer Hurlbut, a social studies ed­ucation major from Russellville, sees the development as a positive for Russellville.

“I think it is a good thing the housing developments will be built on Parkway. In general, I think the new housing develop­ments are good for Russellville as a whole,” Hurlbut said.

Dr. Robin E. Bowen, Tech president, commented on Twitter about the project: “Great to see the sign come up and the workers on the property moving dirt and making progress.”

“I think it is a great idea to offer off campus housing to students because it al­lows to have more freedom as a student,” Claire Jones, an elementary education ma­jor from Rogers, said.

No details such as estimated rental costs have been announced.