NOLA.com reports that Delgado Community College will be expanding its West Bank campus in Algiers by over two and a half acres at a cost of $1.27 million dollars. The land purchased sits on the former Naval Support Activity that is being redeveloped as the Federal City, an area that is part of the 51 structures and 118 acres that the Navy gave to the Algiers Development District last year.
For years the college was interested in converting the space into a student life center. Delgado reportedly purchased the 10,800 square foot naval chapel, a shed and 29 parking spaces in the area for its campus expansion.
Ken Pickering, an attorney for the district, said that Delgado’s offer was much more than they were expecting. After presumably years of planning, the deal was closed earlier this week. “They’re the proud owners,” Pickering told the location’s oversight committee on Tuesday.
Delgado’s executive dean of the college’s West Bank campus Kristine Strickland said, “Currently, the West Bank campus has a relatively small area, given our population, for students to sit between classes, maybe to get some food, watch some TV.” She said it may also be home to a campus police office,, student government space, student services and activities areas, and a place for outdoor concerts and other related events.
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