Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
Confederation College president Jim Madder.
The college is looking for support to get a $10 million project off the ground.
The first phase of Confederation College's new student village would see two 64-bed residences built at $5 million each near a proposed new recreation centre. President Jim Madder said with the city's rental market at near-capacity, the school needs new accommodations, especially as it continues to see an increase in international students. The second phase of the project would see two more buildings if the demand was there.
He's heading to council Monday night to look for support not only for planning but financially as well. A letter to council from Madder said the college wants the city to consider waiving municipal taxes on the project but it's up to the city how they choose to support it.
"We'll see where the conversation goes Monday night, " Madder said. "That might be the way council decides to support the work that is here."
If all goes well, Madder would like to see the first two buildings open in time for the fall of 2015. Students are holding a referendum later this year to see if they will raise fees from $50 to $100 in order to build a new recreation centre.