LAKE WALES, Fla. – The newest student housing option at Warner University has opened. Mainstreet Student Living™, the student housing arm of Mainstreet®, a national real estate company known for its award-winning transitional care properties, and Warner University celebrated the completion of Holland Hall, the newest on-campus student housing community, with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony this morning.
Holland Hall, which represents a $5.8 million total community investment, welcomed its first students in early August and boasts 25 units, 100 beds and 35,000 square feet. The new student housing community features a state-of-the-art clubhouse, study lounges, a resident lounge with televisions, a fully-functional kitchen and much more. Mainstreet Student Living, who developed the community, will operate and manage Holland Hall with the assistance of Warner University residential life.
“Our mission at Mainstreet and Mainstreet Student Living continues to be transforming lives, and we look for opportunities that align with our mission; where there is real need for innovation and change,” said Justin Farris, managing director of Mainstreet Student Living. “The traditional college dorm model is going by the wayside in favor of more unique housing options on campus and Holland Hall is the perfect example. This live and learn community will give students a blend of the academic and social cultures and environments they want, and in turn, keep them on campus longer.”
“We believe that residential life can be an integral part of the overall college experience,” says Dawn Meadows, dean of students at Warner University. “The positive relationships, memories and skills built through dorm life impact a student for a lifetime. It is exciting to be a part of this season at Warner University.”
In 1965, JW and Virginia Holland donated over 300 acres to Warner Southern College, now Warner University located on both sides of Highway 27 about seven miles south of Lake Wales, Florida. Mr. Holland was not only a sharp businessman, but a philanthropist also. Twice before he had tried to donate the land to colleges looking to locate in Florida. Warner Trustees were thankful the other institutions didn't accept the offer for it was the most beautiful piece of natural Florida land with Lake Caloosa water frontage.
Warner University is a co-educational, Christian college founded in 1968 by the Church of God as Warner Southern College and became Warner University in 2008. There are around 1,200 students enrolled and the school offers associate, bachelor, master’s degrees as well as online programs.