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Former College Property Gets OK for Housing

June 19, 2018 06:02 PM

The former Crossroads College campus in Rochester is changing focus.  

"It's kind of unique, we don't know what we're doing; we're figuring that out as we go," said Bear Creek Church Pastor Aaron Wager.

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A portion of the new purpose includes affordable housing, but the housing doesn't have a new name quite yet.

"If you've been in the market looking for a house to rent a house or even to rent an apartment you'll know the word affordable doesn't go very far in town," said Jeff Urban, Outreach Pastor for Bear Creek Church, which just received final approval from the city council to turn these former college digs into reasonably priced places to live. 

"Everything has gone up the last two or three years, especially; there just isn't anything for people that are struggling," Urban said.

That's why more than a year ago, Bear Creek Church decided to buy the 38-acre property. 

"When our church was started nine years ago, we really had a vision for doing some practical good in the community, as well as the traditional spiritual helps we do as a church."

And the housing actually is affordable. Four-bedroom units go for a $1,000 a month and one-bedrooms are $575. 

"We know there’s a huge need for affordable housing, but I think that more than just rents that are affordable, we need to create communities, so our goal here is to create an inclusive community of diverse people: all different spectrums, all different walks of life, all different incomes, living together," Urban said.

Wager actually attended Crossroads College, so for him, the project has been personal.

"We wanted to help solve problems in communities. Church used to be the leader in education, it used to be the leader in healthcare … so we thought, why not be involved in housing and take that on as a niche and try to do what we could to do that for our community?"

The more than 40 units here on the campus are already filled to capacity.

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