Castleton University invites the greater Rutland community to come celebrate and gain an inside look at the University’s newest Rutland project, as it hosts a Grand Opening for its new downtown Rutland apartments on September 18 from 4-6 p.m. in the Gryphon Building located at the corner of West Street and Merchants Row.
The event will kick off with remarks by Castleton President Dave Wolk, building owner Mark Foley Jr., and Rutland Mayor Dave Allaire. The open house will also feature a ribbon cutting and apartment tours.
“We are thrilled to be adding 31 new beds for our students, in beautifully renovated apartments, in the heart of Downtown Rutland” said Wolk. “Our commitment to expanding into Rutland has been a great success for our university, our community, and most importantly our students. We continue to forge new partnerships every day with the Rutland community, highlighted by our recent agreement with REDC that extends through 2021.”
Located in the heart of downtown Rutland, the Gryphon Building offers a prime location for students participating in experiential learning opportunities with businesses, schools, non-profits, and Rutland Regional Medical Center.
The Gryphon expansion comes a year after Castleton opened Foley Hall, located across West Street in the Clement Building, which houses 39 students in similar efficiency apartments, bringing the number of Castleton students living in Rutland’s downtown to 70.
The downtown student housing is the latest in the University’s ongoing expansion into Rutland, which already hosts Castleton Downtown, the Castleton Polling Institute, the Castleton Center for Community Engagement, the Spartan Arena, and the soon to be installed, Spartan Dome.
In addition, Castleton also recently announced a three-year commitment to handling operations for the Rutland Economic Development Corporation (REDC). This extension builds on the previous agreement in which Castleton Dean of Entrepreneurial Programs, Lyle Jepson, serves as Executive Director for REDC. A clear priority of the partnership has been supporting the employment needs of area businesses and industry, with a committed effort to attract people to move to Rutland County to live and work, as well as provide positive outcomes for students and alumni.