Update: Monday night, city council voted to reozone the land across from Black Hawk College. This allows the college's foundation to build student apartments across the street. Construction is scheduled to start this spring. The apartments could be finished as soon as this fall.
Previous Story: Monday night the East Moline City Council will decide whether to rezone an area of vacant land.
The land located right across from the Black Hawk College campus will be used for a $5.7 million student housing community.
By law the college itself can't own any student housing, but one developer is here to help.
"We build and then manage student communities on small private community campuses specifically community college campuses and colleges that are under-served in their housing needs," said Kelly Young from Bluffstone.
While Bluffstone will be the developer and put up the money; the Black Hawk College Foundation will own the land where the apartment style housing will be built.
The 3 story building will house 120 students in 2 bedroom 2 bath or 4 bedroom 4 bath suites. Also next to the apartments will be a 3000 square foot clubhouse with TVs, gaming, study rooms and more.
With no all-student housing complex like it, students we spoke with say this development is a welcome change.
"It would give you more time to interact with more people on campus and it'd give you more time to sleep in and your class schedule would be able to be more flexible because you're just right across the street," said student Samantha Glackin.
Students can learn more and fill out applications after their spring break, the leasing manager will be on campus in the Welcome Center.
The city council meeting is tonight at 6:30 in City Hall.
If the East Moline council approves the rezoning, Bluffstone plans to start construction this spring.
The apartments should be available for rent by the fall semester.
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