Community College of Philadelphia Looks to Broaden Foreign Enrollment With New Residence Buildings
The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) noticed a slight dip in enrollment during the 2014-2015 academic year. One way the college plans on boosting enrollment past their peak of 38,000 students in 2009-2010 is by building a residential hall to increase domestic and international enrollment.
“On June 2, 2016, the Board of Trustees authorized the Community College to execute a letter of intent to commence negotiations to enter into a ground lease with developer Radnor Property Group, LLC (RPG), on an exciting project that will begin to transform our college community by expanding the student experience,” CCP’s President, Dr. Donald Guy Generals said.
According to Philly.com, CCP wants to build twin towers 11 stories high, available to any student that is enrolled with a special push toward students from overseas. The residential hall will be at 15th and Hamilton which is currently a garage and industrial building already owned by CCP.
There will be 500 residential apartments ranging from studios to 1 and 2 bedroom spaces. For every 50 students a Residential Assistant (RA) will be assigned. Along with the already furnished living space, CCP is looking to include retail spaces, recreation areas, parking, roommate matching and more in the buildings.
The new addition to CCP is “an exciting project that will revitalize one of the only areas in our community that hasn’t been developed and is in need of serious repair,” according to a Fact Sheet presented by CCP’s Communication Department.
The last time CCP undertook a development on this scale was during 2008 and cost the school approx. $56 million. This project will more than double that at an approximate $130 million that will cover the cost of two phases. The construction is projected to begin April 1, 2017 and Phase I is to be completed by July 1, 2018. Three years later, Phase II of the project is expected to be completed on July 1, 2021.
In order to bolster decreasing enrollment, CCP is trying to expand their internet presence to appeal to more students outside of Philadelphia and outside of the United States. With safe residential living it will be easier for commuters and international students to attend the college.
Those involved with CCP for this project are Radnor Property Group, LLC, BLT Architects, Bozzuto Management Company and Clemens Construction, Inc.