WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - If you're wandering through Harrison Street near Purdue's campus, you may notice a little bit of renovation.
This cavern-sized crater is on the corner of Harrison and Sheetz streets and is set to be a seven-story apartment complex with approximately 300 bedrooms and 300 parking stalls.
West Lafayette Director of Development Chandler Poole says the single-family homes and student housing that were there previously had run their course.
"This is a great urban renewal project for the University and for the city," Poole said.
"It allows us to densify an area for student housing and hopefully, as a ripple effect, alleviate some of the pressures we have in the New Chauncey area by providing higher-density, newer housing near the campus."
Opening for the new building is anticipated in time for the fall 2013 semester.
It's been nearly a month since a tornado damaged Southwestern Middle School and Mintonye Elementary School, giving faculty the task of helping students transition to their new surroundings.
Donations are being accepted to help around 300 seniors receive a holiday gift.
Donations are needed for Food Finders Food Bank to aim at matching a grant that would match funds up to $20,000.