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Queens College officially broke ground Tuesday on its first dormitory, a project which the school hopes will help it attract students who want the experience of living on campus.

Queens College President James Muyskens said he hoped the dorm would entice borough students to stay close to home for their education and future careers.

"With the opening of our residence hall, we will now be able to keep some of our best students closer to home, which I am sure will make many a mother and father happy," he said. "But probably most important, it means that after these top students graduate, they are more likely to use the terrific education they received at Queens College and go to work right here in their home borough, which can only benefit all of us."

The 506-bed on-campus dorm project will go up on the former site of the college's outdoor tennis courts, and is currently in the early stages of construction by Alabama-based Capstone Development Corporation, which is also to manage the finished project. The building is expected to be completed and ready for occupancy by August 2009.

Reach reporter Alex Christodoulides by e-mail at achristodoulides@timesledger.com or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 155.

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