A local college is constructing two apartment-style residential buildings in response to increased demand for on-campus housing.

Davenport University said last week construction is underway on two buildings at the Panther Ridge housing complex in Grand Rapids, at 5465 60th St. SE, adjacent to its W.A. Lettinga main campus.

The $6-million project, which broke ground in February, will be finished in time for fall 2017 classes.

The two three-story buildings comprise 23,000 square feet each and will contain 18 suites per building, housing up to 130 students total.

The Panther Ridge site currently has one building. The new construction will bring the total number of beds in the complex up to 194.

“We are continuing to attract increasing numbers of new, traditional students who desire the full residential campus life experience,” said Rick Pappas, president, Davenport University. “Expansion of Panther Ridge helps us to accommodate this growth.”

Panther Ridge connects to the W.A. Lettinga campus via a paved walkway along Kraft Avenue, which the college will extend down to 60th Street to a second entrance.

The Panther Ridge apartments are suite style, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms per suite, as well as a shared living room, kitchen and washer and dryer.

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