Former Center Provides Temporary Housing for Students
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
(NSU NEWSROOM—Aug. 24, 2016)---The demand for on-campus housing is at its peak and Norfolk State University has instituted a creative option for male students waiting for permanent housing on campus. The former Brambleton Community Outreach Center at NSU has been repurposed to provide a temporary residence for more than a dozen male students on campus.
The 10,348 square-foot facility features a computer lab, full-length basketball court and two exercise rooms with state-of-the-art weight and cardio equipment. In addition, nearly $170,000 in upgrades were recently made to the building’s restroom facilities, locker room area and basketball court.
Last month, the university announced plans to discontinue using the building as a community outreach center in order to strengthen NSU’s academic enterprise and to help enhance the on-campus experience for students. With housing occupancy at Norfolk State near full capacity the use of the building provides additional housing and amenities for students.
“I am pleased that we were able to house several of our students in this facility, which has excellent amenities and provides an environment conducive to our students’ academic experience,” said Ed Willis, Vice President for Student Affairs at Norfolk State.
The center began operations in 1973 and was operated by the City of Norfolk. NSU assumed control of the facility a decade later and as part of the agreement, NSU purchased the building for one dollar and agreed to provide 200 scholarships over a 20-year period to Norfolk residents. NSU has fulfilled that obligation and now financially supports the center.