Calumet College of St. Joseph

Calumet College of St. Joseph has plans to build a residence hall at its Robertsdale campus. 

HAMMOND — Calumet College of St. Joseph is still planning on building a residence hall at its Robertsdale campus, but it may be a couple of years away.

Initially, the college had anticipated opening a residence hall this year, but it is still getting its finances in order for the project.

President Amy McCormack said ideally the college would like to have the residence building in place by fall of 2019.

"We are in the process of developing our finance plan," McCormack said.

The Hammond Redevelopment Commission Tuesday approved amended agreements with the college regarding the project. 

In 2015, the college submitted to the redevelopment board a bid of $308,500 for a 5.61-acre site at 2500 New York Ave., next to the college's campus, which was to be used for the 96-bed residence hall.

The college put up $5,000 in earnest money for the site, with the rest of the $303,500 coming in the way of a promissory note that the commission was to forgive over a five-year period if the college follows through with the project.

The original purchase agreement called for the closing on the site to take place no later than Sept. 15, 2016, and the development agreement called for the project to be substantially completed by Sept. 15.

Under two new amended agreements, the college will be given until Sept. 1, 2019, to close on the site and until Sept. 15, 2020, to build a new residence hall. McCormack, however, said she is hoping to have one ready for fall 2019.

McCormack said in July the first priority is one residence hall. Officials will look at different options for dining, but there will be no separate dining facility initially. She also said the college will make sure there is a footprint for a second residence hall, although it has not been determined when that might be constructed.

McCormack said a residence hall will be "transformative" for the college and the community. She said earlier this year the college needs to have "residential components and options for students."

She said it would give the college more of a campus feel and make it a stronger institution.

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Ed has been with The Times since January 2014. He previously covered government affairs for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Florida. Prior to Scripps, he was with the Chicago Regional Bureau of Copley News Service.