INSTITUTE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Students at West Virginia State University will soon have a new place to call home.
The school plans to build a new suite-style student housing facility.
It would be the first new dormitory since 1969.
Preservationists are asking the university to renovate its aging residence halls instead of tearing them down.
They say both dorms are eligible to be put on the national register of historic places.
However, the school's vice president says the buildings are no longer suitable for dorm space.
He says renovating costs would be too steep.