Seaside continues toward build out with Academic Village

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 04:31 PM.

"The cottages are replacing scrub brush and trees that were on that site previously. All the grass that the children play on has been left intact and, in fact, is not permitted to be built on as it is dedicated recreation space forever," she said.

The Academic Village Cottages are to be used in conjunction with Seaside Institute programming and cannot be rented to the public. Students may only pay $25 or $30 per night when coming with their universities.

Dorney said the Lyceum was always intended to be a place for learning from the beginning when Seaside was founded in the early 1980s. There were various ideas and plans of how to develop the space along the way that fell by the wayside through the years, she said.

"In the early 2000s there was a $15 million plan that was shelved due to the economy and other plans were shelved along the way," said Dorney.

Two years ago, the opportunity to purchase these buildings presented itself, and Seaside founder Robert Davis and the Institute thought it was an excellent opportunity.

"It has been difficult to hold lectures, etc., in Seaside due to the housing situation," said Dorney. "We bring students in regularly and having this space will make it easier for us to work with universities."

The Davis Family Foundation purchased the cottages and donated them to the Seaside Institute, which then began a fundraising initiative for renovations. So far, $112,000 has been raised through sponsorships, but $150,000 is needed. Sponsors will get their names on a cottage and other benefits, said Dorney. So far, four-and-a-half sponsorships have been sold.

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