PITTSBURG — The office of university housing at Pittsburg State University announced Thursday that the residential component of Block 22 is full.
According to PSU Director of Strategic Communication Brett Dalton, students had the opportunity to sign up for apartments in February.
“It’s incredibly exciting, and of course you never really know how something like this is going to go until it goes,” Dalton said. “From the first day students could sign up to live there, it has just been a tremendous response.”
Dalton said about 65 of the 97 apartments were accounted for within the first day of them becoming available.
“The demand and the interest to not only live in downtown Pittsburg, which is quickly and continuously coming back alive, but also just to be part of this cool, innovative project that is Block 22 — it’s just been really fun to watch,” he said. “As we start to see the progress continue and we start to see the apartments shape out to what they’re going to look like, guys like us are thinking ‘gosh, I wish we could live there.’”
Connie Malle, director of university housing, said students can still sign up to be put on a waiting list to live at Block 22.
“This is a good problem to have, but the difficult thing is when you have more people interested than apartments you have,” Dalton said. “We’re new in this business in terms of housing developments in downtown and we wish we could have a space for everybody.”
Each apartment comes fully furnished and features a kitchen with all appliances, a washer/dryer combo and a private bathroom. Block 22 features four styles of apartments — flat, loft, studio and suite. There are 95 single-resident apartments and two two-bedroom suites.
“I think Block22 is going to be great for the city,” Kailey Pearson, a graphic communication major, said in a release. “The location is amazing, and I love that they’re preserving the historical aspects of the buildings.”
Dalton said he is proud of what the community has come together to accomplish.
“We were confident in the vision and ultimately we had a good sense before started that there is this demand for more of an urban, downtown living environment for PSU students,” he said. “We tried and I think we passed the test.”
Block 22 student-residents will move in to their apartments on Aug. 18, the date of Pittsburg State’s campus-wide move-in day.
— Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.