November 29, 2016 1:30PM
A project to bring university housing and business development space to downtown Pittsburg is sparking the interest of Pittsburg State University students. PSU officials will answer questions about the project Friday at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon and later in a campus discussion in the Overman Student Center.
The project, known as Block22, would renovate four of Pittsburg’s most historic buildings by transforming them into housing units for students, as well as retail, commerce and business development space.
The university, which was approached by the City of Pittsburg about this idea in 2015, is working with a regional developer to help make the project become a reality.
The current project calls for the addition of 100 one-bedroom residential units with apartment styles ranging from traditional to loft and studio. It’s designed to be a living-learning community to support entrepreneurship, innovation and economic prosperity.
“As we get closer to finalizing the details we’re beginning to hear from a lot of students who are excited about the possibilities,” said Shawn Naccarato, director of Pittsburg State University’s Center for Innovation and Business Development. “It’s a type of student housing we currently don’t offer and has the potential of revitalizing the heart of our historic downtown district. It’s a win-win situation for the city and university.”
In order to help answer questions about the project, city and university leaders will provide a presentation during the Chamber of Commerce’s First Friday Luncheon at 12 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at the university’s Wilkinson Alumni Center, 401 E. Ford in Pittsburg, Kansas.
The hour-long presentation will be hosted by Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott, Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall and Naccarato. The cost of attendance, which includes a full lunch from Rib Crib, is $10 for Chamber members or $8 with a membership pass. RSVPs should be made by Thursday, Dec. 1, and can be made by contacting the Chamber offices at 620-231-1000.
The presentation will also be livestreamed on Pittsburg State University’s official online channel, pittstate.tv.
A second discussion, with the campus community, will take place at 2 p.m. Friday in the Overman Student Center.