MONTROSE, Colo. Students at Colorado Mesa University's Montrose campus will have more space to call their own in the next year.
"We want to create that feel for students to want to come and be able to sit outside and relax between classes and that type of thing," said Bill Bell, Montrose city manager.
The Montrose City Council has approved a plan to dedicate a portion of Cascade Ave. between 2nd and 3rd Streets to build a grassy quad for students and the community alike.
The quad will connect the academic building to a newly purchased building across the street, which will be used as a center for student life and administrative offices.
"It'll really bring a campus feel to downtown and that's what we want," Bell said. "Students are used that and are comfortable in that environment."
The college and city are teaming up on the $100,000 project.
Construction crews are expected to break ground in the spring to have the quad done by the time fall classes start.