VSU's new plan to house incoming students

PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - The housing crisis at Virginia State University is still ongoing.

Administrators now have a new plan to house up to 700 incoming students in the Tri-Cities area rather than the three hotels in Prince George.

Students still won't be arriving until next week, but when that happens, they will need a place to stay.

On-campus housing is under construction, but won't be ready in time.

At first, school officials wanted to house about 715 students at the Howard Johnson, Quality Inn and Days Inn hotels off Interstate-95 in Prince George, but the three hotels would have needed a special exemption permit because of current zoning rules where hotel stays must be no more than 30 days.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, VSU has decided not to use those three hotels for long-term housing and is now negotiating with various facilities in the Petersburg area.

A VSU spokesperson says he can't discuss which buildings or localities will be used because contracts have not been finalized or signed, but a Prince George County administrator says part of the new plan includes placing about 200 students at the Independence Place Apartments on Oaklawn Boulevard near Fort Lee.

So it's a possible end to a situation that's been making headlines for months now.

Students have been promised to learn their housing assignment by next Wednesday.

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