CIU breaks ground for campus apartments

Columbia International University held a groundbreaking Friday on a new $8.2 million apartment community that aims to develop a more vibrant campus life for students who currently commute to the private evangelical Bible college.

Plans call for initial construction of 96 apartment homes in four garden-style apartment buildings, expected to be completed around August.

Eventually, a total of 204 apartment homes in eight, three-story apartment buildings will cover 12 acres on the North Columbia campus covering approximately 12 acres.

The Bible college, founded in 1923, has embarked on a three-year development phase that will also include construction of athletic fields and academic buildings.

- Carolyn Click