Student housing coming to Minnesota West this fall

WORTHINGTON -- A new housing development for Minnesota West Community and Technical College students in Worthington is under construction, the college announced Monday.

WORTHINGTON - A new housing development for Minnesota West Community and Technical College students in Worthington is under construction, the college announced Monday.


The 108-bed facility - dubbed Bluejay Villas - will be ready for Minnesota West students by fall 2018.


Bluffstone LLC, a student housing developer from Davenport, Iowa, will construct the building, located on campus near the baseball fields east of North Crailsheim Road. A formal ground-breaking event will be at 1 p.m. Nov. 16.



The living quarters will consist of four-bedroom, four-bathroom and two-bedroom, two-bathroom suites. Each bedroom will be furnished with full-size beds, desks and chairs, and shared areas will have sofas, chairs, barstools and kitchens equipped with Energy Star appliances.


The development’s common indoor area will consist of a manager’s office, mailboxes, social room and recreation center, study rooms, laundry facilities and a 24-hour fitness center.

The project is privately funded by First National Bank of Fulda and First American State Bank of Bettendorf, Iowa. On the public side, the project received a $900,000 loan from the city of Worthington and a $500,000 grant from the State of Minnesota.


“Minnesota West appreciates the support of our community leaders, local legislators, and our Minnesota State staff in aligning resources in service to our students and the Worthington community,” said Minnesota West President Terry Gaalswyk in a press release Monday. “We are grateful for their determination and advocacy in helping our community’s college, Minnesota West, attract and retain our most important resource; the talent of this region. This innovative public-private partnership evidences the power of community and Greater Minnesota’s necessity to work in close collaboration across sectors for a shared purpose.”



The hope from local leaders is the facility will take pressure off of the city’s housing shortage.


“This facility is not only critical for our students but for our communities, as it will free up much-needed housing units throughout our region,” said District 22B Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake.


As prospective students can be hesitant to attend Minnesota West because they cannot find housing in Worthington, the hope is on-campus housing will make that decision easier.


“Having witnessed the growth of the community colleges in Estherville and Sheldon, Iowa when they put in on campus housing, it was a goal that I have had since becoming mayor to get on campus housing at Minnesota West,” said Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle. “This housing project not only benefits the college but the community as well with badly needed housing. If Minnesota West grows and students and jobs grow as well, this is good for economic development in Worthington.”



For more information regarding The Villas and leasing a suite for the Fall 2018, contact a leasing specialist at (507) 360-0902 or .


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