BRIDGEWATER, Va. (WHSV)-- The college says it can use the extra space for the overflow of incoming students.
The Crimson Inn, which the college is considering buying, could hold 48 students. Although the college anticipates housing less than that.
Using the inn as student housing isn't a new idea. The college previously housed nearly 25 students there; it's an idea that people living near the inn say isn't so bad for the area.
"I mean, we could be having a crack whore hotel or something like that here. Other things could be a lot worse. Personally, I like the influence of the young people in the area," said Bruce Haleway, who lives near the inn.
"We want to have a good relationship with the town, and this is an opportunity for us to grow but to grow in a way that we're not trying to take over the town," said Abbie Parkhurst, the executive director of marketing and communications for Bridgewater College.
This year, the college is expecting around 500 freshmen. This topic will be addressed in the Aug. 12 Bridgewater town meeting.
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