Morgan State officially opens new housing

November 12, 2003|By Alec MacGillis | Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF

With gospel songs by its famous choir and the obligatory ribbon-cutting, Morgan State University celebrated the official opening yesterday of Morgan View, a large, privately run college housing complex that will increase by 40 percent the number of beds available to students on or near campus.

The complex, in the 1500 block of Pentridge Road, just north of Loch Raven Boulevard and Cold Spring Lane, will house 794 students when the last of its five buildings is completed in January.

About 1,900 other students at the 6,500-student university live in two on-campus towers or at the private Northwood Apartments nearby, which has a contract with the school.

The opening of Morgan View, which is mainly for graduate students and upperclassmen, will allow Morgan to reduce its reliance on Northwood Apartments and to create more space for freshmen in the on-campus towers, officials said.

"It is a great pleasure for us to do this," said Morgan President Earl S. Richardson. "I can recall, 18 or 19 years ago, coming on campus and having residence halls so despicable that we ourselves didn't want to go through them. ... We started a journey then to assure that our student [housing] was second to none."

Morgan View's construction fit the mold of recent student housing projects at Towson University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County: A private developer, in this case A&R Development Corp., built and will manage the complex, but it is owned by Maryland Economic Development Corp.

Morgan View consists of four-story brick buildings offering suites with one, two and four bedrooms.

With monthly rates ranging from $425 per student in the four-bedroom suites to $546 for the one bedrooms, the suites are more expensive than on-campus housing at Morgan but less costly than similar apartments at some other colleges.

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