PITTSBURG — Block 22 is scheduled to open this year, and Pittsburg State University is working toward taking student/resident applications.

Block 22 is expected to open for residents to move in August 2018. Pitt State recently launched a Block 22 housing web page, which includes information from floor plans to expected range for rent.

“It’s exciting to now have this new place where students can go to learn about living at Block 22,” PSU Director of Strategic Communication Brett Dalton said.

The site outlines which students may apply to live in Block 22, number of rooms and other information. The first leases for Block 22 are expected to run August 2018 to July 2019. Contracting online is expected to begin in February.

Early room sign up for students currently living in the residence halls at PSU begins February 7 for the 2018-2019 school year. Students currently living in the residence halls will have the first opportunity to select Block 22. Informational meetings for those students will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Sunflower Room of the Overman Student Center and at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 29, in the Governor's Room of the Overman Student Center. Meetings will be held for others at a later date.

“We’re getting very close to students being able to sign up for a room,” Dalton said. “We’re still ironing out some details.”

Block 22 will feature 97 single-resident rooms in four styles — suite, flat, studio and loft — which will come furnished. Rent is estimated to be between $525 to $650 per month, including utilities. However, those rates are pending and need approval from the Kansas Board of Regents. PSU expects to have rates approved by the end of January.

Dalton said at times it seems like the time has flown.

“We had the ceremony at the Colonial Fox last April and now we’re here,” he said. “It’s seen tremendous progress in that year, even if you can’t always see it on the outside, something as simple as drywall going up is a step toward finishing and getting students in.”

Dalton commended the partnership between PSU, the City of Pittsburg and others to make this project possible, and the construction crews for their continued work.

“Our goal all along has been to be open for the fall 2018 semester,” he said. “We saw some snow and harsh, cold weather, but the crew bundled up and worked right through it. They kept us on track.”

More information on housing at Block 22 can be found at https://www.pittstate.edu/office/housing/residence-halls/block22.dot.

The site will be updated as new information becomes available.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.