Housing Feasibility Study

SEPTEMBER 2017

Based on results from the market demand analysis, the positive feedback received at our February 2017 community meeting, and our online submission form, we are moving forward with the Gulf Park Housing Feasibility Study Initiative process. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) has been created to seek responses from qualified student housing developers who will potentially create a residence of approximately 150 beds of new student housing.

The RFQ is now available through the University’s Office of Procurement. All interested parties who intend to submit a response are asked to provide an Intent to Bid that is located under RFQ 18-06 on the USM Procurement Bid Calendar at www.usm.edu/procurement-contract-services/current-bid-opportunities. The RFQ will be open through October 19, 2017.

 

FEBRUARY 2017

Housing Feasibility Study Community Meeting Set for Feb. 23 on Gulf Park Campus 

I am pleased to provide an update on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Housing Feasibility Study initiative. As you may recall, the purpose of this initiative is to consider the possibility of establishing student residential facilities on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. This work began in late 2015 with the formation of an 11-person ad hoc Housing Feasibility Study committee.

In early 2016, the committee began its work, which initially consisted of the following: 

  • selection of an external vendor to conduct a market demand analysis of the associated opportunities and potential challenges of housing for the Gulf Park campus 
  • review of data from the market demand analysis, and 
  • development of recommendations regarding next steps, which were provided to University leadership in late fall. 

Prior to making any decisions regarding student housing on the Gulf Park campus, we would like to pause and invite you to an open community meeting where we will share the findings of the market demand analysis, discuss the possibility of housing options, and outline potential next steps. We feel that it is important to gather input before determining how to move forward with further work on this initiative. 

This meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in Hardy Hall Ballroom on the Gulf Park campus. 

We hope you will be able to join us at this important meeting. For more information about the Housing Feasibility Study Community Meeting, email housing@usm.edu or call 228.865.4531. 

 

Steven G. Miller

Vice President for the Gulf Park Campus 

 

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