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Construction begins on Flagler’s largest-ever project

Dec 1, 2016

Flagler broke ground in May on a $23 million downtown St. Augustine project that includes a 52,800-square-foot residence hall and 551-space parking garage on the corner of King and Malaga Streets.

“The Malaga Street project is another milestone in the history of our college,” said Flagler President William T. Abare Jr. at the groundbreaking, calling it significant from a student satisfaction standpoint, as well as for recruiting future students. “It is critical to have first-rate facilities … This is the largest and perhaps the most ambitious project we have undertaken.”

The project is adjacent to the college’s existing FEC Residence Hall property — the historic former headquarters of Florida East Coast Railway that the college converted to student residences after acquiring the property in 2006.

The new three-story residence hall will house 148 students in suites. A 13,700-square-foot, two-story commons building will connect the new residence hall to the existing FEC residence halls. The commons will have a convenience store and grill, fitness facility, multipurpose area, student lounges and offices.

The college does not plan to increase its overall enrollment from 2,500 students.

The parking facility is expected to be completed by spring 2017. The residence hall is expected to be completed in August 2017.

Flagler Trustee John D. Rood, who chaired the board’s Facilities Committee that oversaw planning and design of the complex, noted the importance of getting the project right not just for the college, but also for the surrounding neighborhoods and community. “We had to be very thoughtful and take the time to do it right,” he said at the groundbreaking.

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