JACKSONVILLE, AL (WBRC) - The city of Jacksonville and Jacksonville State University continue to rebuild after a devastating tornado on March 19, 2018.
One apartment complex has held a grand reopening and another has been taken over by Jacksonville State University.
Jacksonville Mayor Johnny L. Smith and Jacksonville State University President John Beehler were on hand for the grand re-opening of Gamecock Village apartments Thursday.
The ribbon cutting marked the end of reconstruction of the complex’s clubhouse and two apartment buildings, which were the last to be completed. It’s also a milestone in finding homes for displaced students.
“It’s truly a blessing to see how quickly this place has been restored, and how determined they have been to get this back together for us because this is our home away from home,” says student and Gamecock Village resident Kylie Delozier.
Beehler says some 500 students were displaced from just Gamecock Village, but 400 of them were back in their apartments by fall semester as construction continued.
Next door, construction still continues at the complex formerly known as the Reserve. It is now known as The Pointe at JSU, because the school’s housing department has taken over management of the complex.
Beehler says the owners made the request, and the decision to help was an easy one.
“A lot of students come to the University to look for housing,” Beehler said. “We’ll be able to give them the opportunity, if they want to, to go through our housing department, you know, to get apartments.”
Beehler also says much work still needs to be done on campus, and says an insurance dispute is the only reason Merrill Hall hasn’t been demolished. He says a new business and industry school has already been designed, and once Merrill Hall has been demolished the new building will take three years to complete.