JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Edward Waters College President Nat Glover announced on Wednesday (July 5) a $8.4 million investment that would bring new dorms and a community athletic field to the college’s campus.
According to News4Jax, Curry said he’s included more than $8 million in next year’s budget proposal, which he’ll unveil later this month.
The athletic facility will allow the EWC football team to play on a home field for the first time. The facility and a running track will also be available for community use.
Glover, a former sheriff of Jacksonville, said the city investment is also important because the campus is in Health Zone One, meaning, the area has a high number of incidents involving heart health, high blood pleasure and diabetes.
The field will provide a safe atmosphere for people who want to use the track and field and the new dorms will provide more suitable living conditions for students — as the current dorms do not always have working heat and air conditioning.
Glover said improving living conditions and improving the health and safety of the neighborhood are both needed.
“The big thing with me is investing in these young people, and if I’ve got students who are leaving because of dormitory facilities, then that’s a big deal,” Glover said. “I just lost a student who we may have to support down the line, and it will help with our retention rate at EWC.”
The new dorm will house 175 students.