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CLEVELAND-- Cleveland State University could be getting some new student housing if an out-of-state developer gets its way.

The new housing project would bring some much-needed apartments to the area.

The buildings on the corner of Euclid and 18th Street in Cleveland have been vacant for years.

The former Jewish Federation of Cleveland building could be sold, then possibly demolished and a new 217-unit apartment building with 509 beds would be built in its place.

"I think it's absolutely needed. I think it will be a smashing success; I really do."

Ronald Berkman is the President of Cleveland State University. He says the university could use 1,500 additional beds for students.

The neighborhood around the university is becoming very popular for companies and developers to do business downtown.

"The attraction of being around the university and the energy, the energy that continues to mount at PlayhouseSquare were going to be enough to support people wanting to live downtown," Berkman said.

Clayco Realty Group of Chicago plans to build an eight-story building with a four-story garage. The building would also have amenities like a fitness center, heated pool and grilling area.

CSU students say they would rather see a brand new residence hall then look at some buildings that have been empty for years on their campus.

"I think it's a great idea; maybe it will encourage students to live on campus more; maybe we can have better activities on campus if more kids are on campus and not commuting and I think it's good instead of having all these abandoned buildings to turn into something that is useable," said Jessica Longstreet of Cleveland.

"It's great but it's gonna be expensive because it's gonna be in the downtown area," said Rakan Aljodi, a freshman at CSU.

"A lot of students coming from different places, they might want a nicer dorm; pools are always nice. They have the gym, too; they have a lot of resources to have fun," Tiffany Posey, a freshman at CSU, said.

If the project is approved by the city, construction would begin in the spring, with hopes of having the project completed by the fall of 2015.