Jackson State University will lease 444-bed apartment complex next to its campus, with hopes of buying it later to accommodate increasing enrollment.
The College Board approved plans Thursday for JSU to lease the Palisades apartments, spending as much as $1.9 million.
Because some apartments are leased, only 290 beds would be available immediately. JSU President Carolyn Meyers says JSU could still be as many as 60 beds short of housing this fall, even after leasing the Palisades.
Last year, JSU began leasing a 240-bed motel near the Mississippi State Fairgrounds. JSU will retain that motel this year, and is pursuing plans to build a new 628-bed housing complex, a 650-seat dining hall and a conference center. That complex was projected to cost $47.3 million when the College Board approved it.