Student Housing Gains Approval on EFSC's Melbourne Campus – Eastern Florida State College
Student Housing Gains Approval on EFSC’s Melbourne Campus
December 11, 2017 – For the first time in its history, Eastern Florida State College will have student housing on its Melbourne campus as the college continues its unprecedented expansion.
The college’s Board of Trustees approved the project Monday, with construction planned to start in fall 2019 and an estimated completion date of January 2020.
“This is a very exciting new chapter for Eastern Florida that will enrich the full collegiate experience for our students,” said college President Dr. Jim Richey.
“They have expressed an overwhelming desire to have the option of living on campus and now they’ll have that opportunity. We can’t wait for them to start moving in.”
An artist rendering shows the Melbourne Campus Student Housing targeted for completion in 2020.
The project envisions a 96-bed facility divided into suites consisting of four individual bedrooms, two shared bathrooms, a shared kitchen and a common living space.
A smaller adjacent facility would include a laundry, study area and multi-purpose room. Parking and security will also be provided.
Rental rates will be determined after the final design is finished next year.
The housing will be available to all full-time students with housing rules governed by the college’s Student Code of Conduct.
The project will rise on 10-acres of college-owned property that was the former site of Brevard County’s Wickham Park Pavilion. The county used the property under a 30-year lease with EFSC that ended in December 2017.
Funding for the approximately $5.2 million project will come from non-state appropriated money collected from college business activities such as leasing cell towers on its campuses.
No money from student tuition will be used.
Richey called the housing a “perfect fit” for the Melbourne campus because students can