The committee voted today to approve the agreement which includes an update to its campus master plan and clears a path for site due diligence in preparation for the proposed new facilities.
The new facilities are seen as transformational, offering over 500 new renovated living quarters for student housing and an additional 200 new beds. Along with the creation of space for new housing the plan also proposes additional parking.
Reports speak to a public-private partnership but they do not name the other party(ies) to the agreement however architectural renderings show the university has worked with CTG a development company that has previously worked on the University's DRS campus, Finfrock, an Orlando-area design firm, MANICA a Kansas City based design firm and Kimley-Horn a national design consulting firm.
FAMU News reports that architecture, facilities and construction engineering students from FAMU’s School of Architecture and Engineering Technology will also have a chance to work on the project.
The project is part of FAMU's "Monroe-Adams Corridor Main Street" consisting of a residential component with an overall number of 1,078 beds and a mix of uses aiming to provide students the opportunity to experience the community and build their social lives in and around the main FAMU campus.
The P3 project will consist of two phases. Phase I calls for the redevelopment of Cropper Hall, Wheatley Hall and Jackson-Davis Building to develop 660-beds for on-campus student housing, student dining facilities, health facilities, parking garage and an administrative and retail space. Phase II calls for the development of a new Mixed-use development along the "main street" corridor of the FAMU campus and the construction of up to 418 beds of on-campus student housing and 50,000 SF of mixed-use space or "Town Center". This portion of the project is proposed to include ground floor retail and market rate apartments that will create a vibrant place for both students and local residents to share.
The Mixed Use component will also include a multi-level open garage for 150-300 cars, a 150 SF office-support space and a 10,000 SF retail shell. The University has also expressed the desire to fold in a 9,065 SF space for Public Safety offices.
According to FAMU News:
During the meeting, trustees and staff commented that the project is essential to the forward movement of the University and the fulfillment of the University’s new strategic plan, “FAMU Rising,” which focuses on offering exceptional student experiences, first-class business infrastructure, outstanding customer experiences, and transformative, alumni, community and business engagement.