SCSU Today

Fifth Avenue vision becomes Coborn Plaza

Saturday, December 26, 2009


The vision of creating a Fifth Avenue link between the campus and the community has been turned into reality in the form of an elegant structure rising out of its construction site. Coborn Plaza, which includes a 12,000-square-foot St. Cloud State Welcome Center and a 455-student housing complex, is scheduled to open in August. The plaza, named to honor the Coborn family’s commitment to the community, is the first leg of the four-phase Fifth Avenue Live! project.

“The welcome center will be the university’s new front door,” said President Earl H. Potter III. “Our students, our families, our alumni, our friends – all will benefit from convenient access to an information clearinghouse.” The housing complex will offer students extensive parking and a variety of apartment layouts including studio, two-bedroom and fourbedroom units. Each fully furnished unit will contain private bathrooms and laundry facilities. These features add to what university officials describe as a “high-amenity-high-value” living experience.

Upon its completion, the Fifth Avenue Live! development will encompass both sides of Fifth Avenue from Ramsey Place north to Minnesota Highway 23.

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