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Towers would house more Manchester students
A developer wants to buy the Pearl Street parking lot from the city and build two towers for college students in Manchester. DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER
The project could provide space for as many as 1,100 beds as well as parking for both residents and the public. The towers would be reserved for college students to live in apartments, rather than in traditional residence halls.
Manchester's colleges and universities host about 21,000 students, according to Thomas Horgan, president and CEO of New Hampshire College & University Council in Concord, a nonprofit consortium of 22 public and private institutions of higher learning.
"We certainly have seen in recent years an increased demand from students who want to stay on campus," he said. "Probably a generation ago, it was popular to spend a year or two on campus and then go off campus. Increasingly, people want to stay on campus for the community atmosphere."
Alayna Peck, a stylist at Allure Salon, one of the parking lot's closest businesses, welcomed the development.
There will be public parking available for rental.
Housing a priority
"It's a development group that has some money and horsepower behind it," he said.
Former Mayor Sylvio Dupuis, a special assistant to the president of MCPHS, said the college plans to grow in Manchester.
Castagna said he has talked with officials at MCPHS, the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, Manchester Community College and the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
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