Dorms could be on the way to FSU Panama City

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Florida State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously last Friday to approve a lease for a new student housing facility on the northwest corner of campus.

Student housing could be on the way to FSU PC. (WJHG/WECP)

Officials say they have a few more approvals to get through first, but say it should be a fast moving project.

Dr. Randy Hanna, the Dean of Florida State Panama City said, "We would hope to break ground next summer to have this facility available for our students in August of 2021."

While it's tough to find housing in Bay County, officials say the dorm housing could provide a break for college students.

They say the leasing agreement does not allow for the dorms to be priced over the market average for Panama City.

"Which is going to be phenomenal because it means that students are going to be able to actually afford to live on campus. Amenities are included there too," said Billy Bradley, the President of Student Government at Florida State Panama City.

Some officials say the new housing might not just give students a place to stay but may help them in the classroom.

"The longer that you're here on campus, the more successful you're going to be. So, if we have student housing, not only will we expand our enrollment initiatives, but students who are engaged and involved typically do better," Bradley said.

As the community gets back on its feet, FSU PC wants to welcome in new students to a better campus.

"Our community is rebuilding and we believe this is an important part of that rebuilding process. We could not be more excited," said Hanna.

The plan still has to get approval from the the State Board of Governors as well as some local approvals before moving forward.

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