Temporary student housing needed for VSU students

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Prince George County leaders and Virginia State University administrators will meet to continue to hash out a plan to use hotels as temporary housing for incoming students.

VSU and the hotels say it's a win-win situation.

The university needs a place to house students and the hotels want the revenue, but some business owners and people living near the hotels have not been happy about the plan, saying it's just too vague at this point.

The problem is that construction on new student housing won't be finished until next fall, so some 700 students will need a place to stay in just a few weeks.

Students start arriving August 13.

That's why VSU wants to use the Howard Johnson, Quality Inn, and Days Inn on Crater Road in Prince George as temporary student housing.

Students can live in the hotels for 30 days, but on day 31, hotels would be violating county code, which is why all three must apply for a special exception permit in order to meet requirements.

One issue, none of the buildings have sprinkler systems, which is a requirement if buildings are used for extended stays.

In addition to Tuesday's meeting, there's also going to be a public hearing on this issue coming up on August 16.

It's possible a vote will happen that same night.

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