New Housing Planned Near Missouri State University

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- More student housing is on the way for Missouri State University students - this time directly across National Avenue from Cheek Hall.

With the rapid growth of enrollment, the university is being challenged with housing all of its students.

Starting next week, six buildings will be demolished in an area deemed as blighted located along the east side of National Avenue between Page Street and Madison Street. Taking their place will be 70 apartments in what's being called Boomertown Lofts.

From a birds-eye view, nothing about this area looks prosperous, however building  Boomertown Lofts will do as the name suggest; bring boom to the town.

"It's something that you would see in New York City," says developer Titus Williams.

Williams also compares the future of MSU campus living to what you'd find overseas.

"If you were to go to like Hong Kong or Japan, some of those Asian countries, you'd see a very similar design," says Williams.

Before getting to that point, a lot of work has to get done including tearing down six old vacant buildings and building two four story buildings containing 70 micro efficiency apartments.

  "Micro-efficiency is that everything is affectively in one room. You have a galley style kitchen so when you walk in the entryway, you have your kitchen. Depending on your floor plan, you go to your right or to your left. you walk into another open area, you would have your living room, your bedroom, is all in one," says Williams.

Developer Brent Brown calls the apartments a one stop shop.

"Everything that is needed will be here in these fully furnished sweets for $750 a month. From furniture to kitchenware will be available. Linens everything will be there for you as well as we will include utilities, cable, and internet," says Brown.

"As most people know, the university is growing at an alarming rate with a need for housing. Missouri State has had issues with being able to provide housing for the freshmen so what we're hoping to do is fill the property with people that would be sophomores and juniors and seniors," says Williams.

Students will move into the apartments in the spring of 2018 where then the birdseye view will look completely different.

The lofts will be mixed-use development for retail space.

The Boomertown project also includes remodeling two houses on South McCann Avenue for students to rent.


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