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WCU turning old apartments into new student housing

This apartment complex at the intersection of Penton St. and Tuscan Ave. is being converted into student housing at William Carey University. This apartment complex at the intersection of Penton St. and Tuscan Ave. is being converted into student housing at William Carey University.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

William Carey University will soon be opening some new student housing in an old apartment complex across the street from the Hattiesburg campus. School officials said renovation work is nearly complete on the three-story building, located at the intersection of Penton St. and Tuscan Ave.

They said it should be ready for use in the fall semester and could house up to 30 students.

The complex was bought more than a year ago and is one of more than 50 pieces of property acquired near the campus in the last seven years. William Carey University president Dr. Tommy King said the school has spent about $2.5 million purchasing property in the campus area to help ensure future growth of the school.

"We've bought quite a bit (of property)," said King. "If you're looking to the future, you have to keep obtaining property," he said.

"We do not go out looking to buy property. We wait for someone to approach us and so all of these properties came as a result of the owner wishing to sell the property and we were able to negotiate a very, very satisfactory price," King said.  

King said some nearby property has also been donated to the university.

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