Representatives from the University of South Carolina held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning to mark the beginning of construction for a project years in the making.

Campus Village is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2023, bringing four new buildings and 1,800 new beds to south campus. Incorporated into the buildings are academic support spaces, a dining facility and a campus safety office. The development also will include a sundry store an coffee shop available for neighborhood residents and students.

The project is the largest in the history of the university, UofSC officials said. The estimated $210 million for the project will be recouped over time through student housing fees. Charleston-based Greystar will build and maintain the site.

More than 300 construction jobs will be added at the height of construction, with Juneau Construction overseeing the project.

“Campus Village will be nothing short of one of the best living and learning communities in the United States,” interim president Harris Pastides said. “This project is about people and about building lifelong friendships.”

Many UofSC upperclassmen have had to find off-campus residences after their freshman year. The additional space at Campus Village will help make it possible for more of those students to continue living on campus.

The five to six-story buildings will be red brick masonry with beige architectural cast stone accents. The site's design also brings a greenspace and courtyard area for students to enjoy. New shuttle stops on site will provide transportation to parking an the Horseshoe. There will also be bike paths and pedestrian access to the main areas of campus.

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