CSU Strengthens Its Presence In Uptown

COLUMBUS, Ga. --- Columbus State University has finalized agreements to make an even bigger commitment in downtown Columbus with the purchase of two buildings and a plan to add 70 more beds in Uptown for college students.

The CSU Foundation recently signed off on $5 million worth of contracts for the purchase and renovation of buildings between 10th and 11th streets on 1st Avenue. The Livery and Ogelthorpe-Giglio buildings, adjacent to the CSU-owned Rankin, now also belong to Columbus State University.

Renovations will begin soon on the east wing of the Rankin and on the second floor of the Ogelthorpe-Giglio to create more loft apartments for CSU students. With the addition of those 70 beds, set to be completed by the beginning of next fall semester, CSU will house more than 100 of its college students in Uptown Columbus.

This development of additional living space for students in Uptown is in response to both a need and a demand, with student interest very high for living in this exciting, upscale development, with the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts just across the street, said CSU President Frank Brown. We anticipate additional growth both on the University Avenue campus and in Uptown over the next several years, as part of the exciting renaissance that we are seeing in the entire Columbus community.

The purchases and renovations further cement CSUs presence in Uptown Columbus, now highly visible with CSUs Coca-cola Space Science Center, CSUs Schwob School of Music in the RiverCenter and the Rankin, which houses the universitys community education program -- the Rankin Arts Center in addition to student loft apartments and a courtyard and gardens for community events such as weddings and business meetings. The Livery also will host events for CSU and other non-profit groups, said Lon Marlowe, assistant to the CSU president and executive director of the CSU Foundation.

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Contact: Lon Marlowe
706) 568-3640