USM considering new dorm on campus

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Southern Miss is asking the State College Board for the go ahead to look into the feasibility of building a 950-bed residence hall on the Hattiesburg campus. The estimated project would cost $50 million. The project initiative, which is expected to be voted on tomorrow, would require the demolition of 3 existing dorms to make room for the new building.

Officials say Bond Hall East, Vann Hall, and Scott Hall were all built in the 1960s. Under the university's master plan adopted a few years ago, the new residence hall would replace those 3 and create a student resident corridor from the Thad Cochran Center to the new Century Park Village under construction.

College Board approval tomorrow would open the door for the school to begin exploratory plans for the venture.

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