FORT MYERS, FL. Edison State College has announced that its students will soon have the opportunity to live on campus for the first time in the College’s 48-year history. The Scion Group performed a market and demand analysis to verify the viability of campus housing in 2008, which was then updated by Scion in 2010 at the request of the College Financing Corporation.

Plans include a four-story, 405 bed residence hall on the College’s Lee Campus, which will be financed and constructed by the non-profit Edison State College Financing Corporation with an estimated construction cost of $26.3 million. Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2011, with the building open for the Fall 2012 semester. Plans call for two- and four-bedroom suites, common recreational areas and academic space. The school anticipates a living-learning center that encompasses a variety of programming for students.

Financing for the project will be accomplished in cooperation with the Lee County Industrial Development Authority. Edison State College is among Florida’s largest community colleges, serving over 25,000 students on its four campuses and through distance learning.

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