ECSU dorm repairs to be complete end of year


Submitted photo Students relocated from Elizabeth City State University's University Suites dormitory, shown here in this university photo, are expected to return when classes resume in January.


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Repairs at the University Suites dormitory at Elizabeth City State University are expected to be complete by Dec. 31.

That should enable students who have been relocated because of the work to return to their dorm rooms at University Suites for the start of the spring semester.

Repairs to the dormitory cost $636,920, say university officials. A recently secured $20 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture has enabled the university to replenish housing fund reserves, which was used to pay for the repairs at University Suites.

A total of 76 students were relocated in November to rooms at the Hampton Inn and available rooms on campus. ECSU officials acknowledged that the relocation was an inconvenience for students but said student safety is a top priority.

University Suites was identified as being in need of immediate repair after water leaks and other related problems were identified at the facility. Over the years, the building seals and other mechanisms had failed in some rooms, and water had infiltrated the building, according to university officials who added that heavy rains from storms during the fall worsened the building’s condition.

ECSU Trustee Kim Brown said at the Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday that the university did a good job of taking care of students during the relocation. Also, Brown said the university cleaned students’ clothes and personal belongings that had been affected by the water leaks.