- Associated Press - Sunday, January 26, 2014

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Construction has started on a $20 million student housing project for sororities and fraternities near the Grand Valley State University campus.

Orion Construction broke ground on the first phase of Grand Villages last week, according to The Grand Rapids Press ( http://bit.ly/1jqFT9m ).The $7.5 million Phase 1 will have five sorority houses and one fraternity house, ranging from 9,800 square feet to 12,000 square feet. Each house will have 14 to 17 bedrooms each.

Completion is expected by August, according to an Orion news release. Work on the second phase will follow completion of Phase 1.

“We’re not only locating sorority and fraternity houses near each other, we’re helping to strategically locate specialized student groups into areas where they will be near their peers and affiliations,” Grand Villages majority partner Alan Hoffman said in the release.

“This concept offers a variety of benefits to the students, the programs they are engaged in, and to the university,” he said. “So, to us, indicators of a successful project would be more focus and opportunity, more campus organization and student comfort.”

The 20-acre site was purchased in 2013 by the Grand Villages partnership.

Orion Real Estate Solutions is the project developer. Orion Construction is doing construction services.


Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids