Central Lakes College Purchases Apartments
The Central Lakes College Foundation has closed on the purchase of The Pines Apartments. Thanks to a significant investment by the foundation Central Lakes College students will now have a housing option near campus.
Director of Resource Development Jana Shorgren said in a release, “This is an opportunity to meet a critical need at CLC by providing an affordable housing option for students.”
The effort to provide student housing sparked following a student needs assessment in 2013. The study showed that students were struggling to find affordable housing.
The two housing units and two adjacent lots acquired in the purchase will house about 100 students. The units are near full currently, and the existing leases will be honored.
Another benefit of the student housing purchase is CLC will now be able to bring its Upward Bound summer program on campus. The Upward Bound program, which helps transition low- income high school students into first generation college graduates, previously had to be housed at other Minnesota colleges. Now area high school students will experience college life while living in CLC’s student housing.