ASU Starts 7 Million Dollar Housing Project

Posted July 15, 2004 @ 9:02 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO - If you drive by Arkansas State University on Stadium Boulevard, you can't help but to notice Indian Village Apartments. They look like big tiki houses instead of campus housing and it's all by design.

Les Wyatt, the president of ASU, dreamed up the idea of non-traditional campus housing after seeing some vacation resorts in Destin, Florida. Upon his return he sent a housing team to the Sunshine State for a second opinion. " We went down there and looked at it and determined that it was something you don't see in Arkansas." said Patrick Dixon, Director of Residence Life. After getting a good grasp of the Florida style the team came back and made plans with a contractor and the rest is history.

The first Floridian phase went over very well with students and as a result, the housing department is now looking forward to the second phase of Indian Village, or should we say Indian Villa? Phase two will include fifteen new buildings that resemble the first phase. Vice-Chancellor Rick Stripling says the 7.5 million dollar price tag will not be reflected in tuition. The new apartments will be able to accommodate ninty-two families. Monthly rent for the resort style apartments range from $ 485.00 to $650.00.

As good as these apartments sound not everyone is invited to live there. The apartments are only for married students, single parents, graduate students and students over the age of twenty-five. These students can expect to move into the new side of Indian Village in August of 2005.