Construction at standstill on student housing project

By Samuel Robbins- Staff Reporter

Construction on the Highline Place student housing project has been delayed and will not begin until May at the earliest, a Highline official said recently.

Previously planned for completion by Fall 2017, Highline Place has been delayed until 2018, said Michael Pham, vice president of Administrative Services.

"The development cycle is dependent on the progress of the developer and the contractor, and they haven't given a schedule," Pham said. 

"Highline does not have a part in the development cycle. When the development is finished, we will lease it," he said.

The developer and contractor did not respond to requests for an interview.

The proposed 56,000-square-foot building will offer dorm-like units to house approximately 160 international students.

Construction is expected to take 12-18 months, pushing the occupancy date to Summer 2018 or later.

"We are also taking other pending developments into account, including the recently agreed to light rail plan," Pham said. 

The development site of Highline Place is on the west side of Pacific Highway on South 236th Street immediately north of the north entrance to the campus near Baskin-Robbins.

Sound Transit is about to commence the extension of light rail between its Angle Lake Station at South 200th Street and a Highline College Station near South 233rd Street on the east side of Pacific Highway South. This could affect construction of Highline Place.

Construction of Highline Place has been greatly anticipated by officials of the college's International Students Program. Each quarter more than 500 international students enroll at the college and housing for them is dispersed over a wide area. Highline Place will provide concentrated housing immediately adjacent to campus.

"We're still very interested. It's a need for international students," said Kathleen Hasselblad, executive director of International Programs and international student grants. 

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