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Second phase of Trailblazer Commons student housing complex opens near LCCC

lccctrailblazerhousingElm Street Student Housing, LLC and Lewis and Clark Community College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Phase II of Trailblazer Commons student housing. Photo by Laura Inlow, LCCC

GODFREY – Phase II of Trailblazer Commons, a student housing complex next door to Lewis and Clark Community College, officially opened Tuesday in Godfrey.

Community leaders joined students, faculty and staff of LCCC to mark the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The complex is in the 800 block of Elm Street, just north of campus grounds.

Phase I of Trailblazer Commons opened in 2014. Phase II includes an additional 12-unit apartment building as well as expanded parking facilities.
The community can now house up to 148 students.

“We’re honored to be a part of the Lewis and Clark community, and excited to offer even more students a place to call home,” said Kevin Carski, Managing Partner of Elm Street Student Housing, the project’s owner and developer. “Trailblazer Commons is more than just a place to live. It also provides students with a full, live-on-campus college experience. Residents can walk to class, make new friends, and become part of a thriving community.”

LCCC Vice President of Student Engagement Sean Hill said the housing complex has fulfilled a need for students who otherwise have a long commute or who want to enjoy an on-campus college experience.

“This housing unit has provided an affordable place for our students to reside while attending Lewis and Clark,” Hill said. “Trailblazer Commons provides not only a place for our student athletes to live, but it also provides that complete college experience for a number of other traditional students who choose to live near campus.”

Residents agree.

“I enjoy living in Trailblazer Commons”, said Jane Grieser, a second-year Lewis and Clark student from Springfield. “With the new addition I will make more friends. I’ve met so many people to begin with; this has been a great experience.”

Trailblazer Commons will have a table at Lewis and Clark’s upcoming open house, from noon to 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18. During that time, event attendees will have the opportunity to tour an open unit.

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