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Georgia Southern University Acquires Two Properties Adjacent to Campus

eagle headGeorgia Southern University has acquired two pieces of property adjacent to its campus formerly occupied by Legends and Apex. The property will be used for University Auxiliary Services operations including storage and maintenance. Terms of the purchase have not been disclosed.
The purchase, part of the University’s Campus Master Plan, has been on the University’s list for consideration for some time. ‘Georgia Southern University has wanted to purchase the two properties for some time,” said Bruce Grube, president of Georgia Southern University. ‘The proximity of the property’s location to our main campus and the need for additional space for auxiliary service operations were our primary reasons for purchasing these properties. In addition, the desire to improve safety in that immediate area was also a major consideration.”
Both properties were previously known for their reputation for criminal activity. Local law enforcement has responded to numerous incidents at the two properties including fights, shootings, underage drinking and driving under the influence (DUI).
‘From a public safety standpoint, we are very pleased that the University purchased these two properties,” said Ken Brown, chief of Georgia Southern University’s Police Department. ‘My number-one concern is for the well-being of our students and this purchase, especially given its location and its reputation, will improve the overall safety of our campus for our students.”
The University continues to work with the local community to improve safety on and around its campus. ‘Georgia Southern University is a growing and vibrant institution attracting students from across the United States and from more than 80 countries. We want to ensure that when they are here, they are provided the opportunity to live and learn in a safe, but enjoyable environment,” said Grube.
As the University pursues its goal of reaching 25,000 students by the year 2020, the need to expand the campus has become an important part of the institution’s long term master plan. ‘Considering the need to support our growth both now and in the future, we have been interested in purchasing the property for some time,” said Grube.
Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, offers more than 120 degree programs serving nearly 18,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University, one of Georgia’s largest, is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars and is recognized for its student-centered approach to education.? Visit: www.georgiasouthern.edu. – See more at: http://news.georgiasouthern.edu/pressrelease.phpid=1743#sthash.TWsho6fD.dpuf

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