Claflin opens affordable housing for faculty, staff.

Claflin University in Orangeburg has opened new affordable housing for its faculty and staff members.

The block of nine two-story townhomes, known as The Villas at Claflin, is across from the main campus at 2005 Magnolia St. and officially opened on Aug. 6.

Dwaun J. Warmack, president of Claflin, said the new units are part of an ongoing cycle of positive growth at the university.

"We purchased these townhouses so that we could provide affordable and quality housing for our faculty and staff," Warmack said in a statement. "The townhouses are completely renovated and include brand-new stainless-steel appliances. We completed this project debt-free."

Each unit has been completely renovated and includes two bedrooms, one full and one half bathroom, a microwave, refrigerator, oven and washer/dryer. Monthly rent is $850 and includes free internet and a security alarm.

The renovation project started in November 2021 and was completed...

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