BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Morgan State University’s Board of Regents has approved a plan that would address a need for more on-campus housing as the university’s enrollment grows.

The board unanimously approved a plan allowing the university to add between 700 and 900 new beds through an agreement with the Maryland Economic Development Corporation.

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The university and MEDCO will begin the planning process for an apartment-style residence facility once the agreement is finalized, officials said in a news release.

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“Morgan is growing, and with the continued increase of new enrollment coupled with the University’s high retention rate, the need for more student housing on campus has never been greater,” said David Wilson, president of Morgan State University. “The Board’s recognition of the challenges the University faces in meeting the needs of our students, and their support to take bold action now, will benefit scores of future scholars seeking a complete college experience in a contemporary campus environment and choose to pursue their educational aspirations at Morgan.”

Once the new residence halls are completed, the university will begin plans to demo the aging Thurgood Marshall Apartment Complex.

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The space, where the complex once stood, will be converted to green space for all of the campus community to enjoy, the university said.