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Education Realty (EDR) Completes Sycamore Suites Project

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Education Realty Trust (EDR - Free Report) recently announced the completion and unveiling of Sycamore Suites — the new on-campus residence hall of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

The university had entered into a long-term partnership with Education Realty to build high-quality housing compounds on its campus. In 2012, the company closed the first leg of this project by completing the Hawthorn and Hemlock Suites. Now the  delivery of the Sycamore Suites marks the completion of the multi-phased on-campus housing revitalization project in the university.

The newly opened hall encloses two- and four-person suites, accommodating 496 beds. Each unit is air conditioned, with in-built closets, carpet, a kitchenette and a semi-private bath. The compound has various amenities like study rooms, laundry facilities, a large lounge with fireplace, computer labs, and high speed Internet. In addition, the building has three kitchens and Wi-Fi services as well.  

Education Realty is one of the nation's largest developer, owner and manager of student housing communities. In 2017, the company is set to deliver third-party developments worth nearly $100 million, adding around $300 million to its own asset portfolio.

Moreover, student housing REITs have decent opportunities to excel in the coming years as demand is emanating for on-campus developments from universities that are facing state budget cuts and low funds, and are incapable of developing or renovating their ageing housing properties. And on-campus housing usually enjoy full occupancy.

However, shares of the company have lost 9.1%, while the industry climbed 5.7%, year to date.

Education Realty currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

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