UPDATE: 9/14/17, 11 a.m. -
At the Board of Regents quarterly meeting at Montana Tech in Butte Thursday morning, the board approved the $750,000 for a new dorm at MSU. The regents also approved the budget for the university system.
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Montana State University is seeking approval from the Montana Board of Regents on a new dorm proposal.
The University is hoping for $750,000 from the Board of Regents to plan and design the new building, which would house 480 students.
The building would be larger than the newly-added Yellowstone Hall, a first-year dorm built last year that houses around 440 students.
The proposed residence hall would be located on College St., on top of what is currently Antelope parking lot.
The Board of Regents will decide on the approval over the course of the next two days during their meetings in Butte.
MSU said the continued growth of the University creates this demand for more space.
"We want some room to grow in the future," said Michael Becker, MSU Spokesman.
Becker said about 26 percent of the student body lives on campus, and that number continues to grow each year.
"The important thing to remember about it is that it will give MSU the opportunity to open with a vacancy rate in our residence halls," he said.
"Rather than having a completely full stock of beds, that means we'll have room to cope with roommate issues, other things that might come up within the course of the year, and better serve our students who live on campus," Becker said.
If all goes as planned, the new dorm will be completed by the Fall of 2020.