Colorado State University - Pueblo assumes management of Walking Stick Apartments
PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo added a townhouse complex to its growing portfolio of student housing options Tuesday when it assumed management of the University Village at Walking Stick from Griffis/Blessing.
Since it was built in 1997, the University Village at Walking Stick had been under the ownership and management of Griffis/Blessing, which manages in Denver and Colorado Springs more than 7 million square feet of space including 6,000 apartment units for third party ownerships as well as affiliate investment groups.
With the addition of Walking Stick, the University now offers housing for nearly 1200 students on campus through Belmont Residence Hall and the new three-building residential complex opened over the last two years that includes, Crestone, Greenhorn, and Culebra halls.
The University will honor all existing room, roommate assignments, and security deposits, the three resident assistant staffing pattern will continue, and the price of occupancy will not change. Current Clubhouse Manager Lori Masters will remain on site for the next few weeks in order to assist with the transition. Non-resident (out of state) students who choose to live in Walking Stick are eligible to receive a 2,000 living-learning tuition scholarship/discount.
Mike Farley, Interim Vice President of Finance and Administration at CSU-Pueblo, said the sale of the property was made possible with assistance from the Colorado State University Research Foundation (CSURF).
“Assuming the management of the apartments just made sense relative to providing a natural transition for students living on campus,” said Dr. Zav Dadabhoy, dean of Student Affairs. “As a result of managing the facility, we can coordinate appropriate development activities and programming for those students, which should improve our student retention efforts.”
This on-campus apartment community offers a unique housing opportunity for those students who are exempt from the on-campus live-in requirement of 30 credit hours. These spacious two-story town homes offer an array of amenities and conveniences of “off campus living” with the benefits of living in the heart of the CSU-Pueblo campus. Kitchen facilities give students the opportunity to continue to buy a meal plan through campus dining services or to cook on their own.
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The apartments were built for energy efficiency and feature energy saving appliances and features throughout. The apartments offer campus high-speed Internet access in each bedroom, a common area house phone, and premium cable TV in each bedroom and the commons. Each unit features individually controlled heating and air-conditioning. All utilities are included in the cost.