The potential expansion should help solve several student concerns.
Both current and future students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) can expect to eventually have the option of on-campus living, after Manatee County decided to donate land to USFSM in a board meeting Feb. 11.
The Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to donate nine acres of land from the Powel Crosley Estate to the university, as both already share a partnership. Current plans for the land include two buildings for student housing, a hospitality school and three to four acres of conservation land. The land transfer has yet to be finalized and approved by the board of trustees.
By introducing student housing plans, many USFSM students are relieved to hear that their concerns about the lack of dormitories will be addressed, as commuting to the campus is a struggle for some.