A project to bring university housing and business development space to downtown Pittsburg is moving forward.

The project, known as Block22, will renovate four of Pittsburg’s most historic buildings by transforming them into housing units for students, as well as retail, commerce and business development space.

Block22 is a joint project between Pittsburg State, the City of Pittsburg and a private developer, the Vecino Group from Springfield, Mo. Mat Burton, chief operating officer for the Vecino Group, is a Pittsburg native, a Pittsburg State graduate and former president of the university’s Student Government Association.

The current project calls for the addition of 100 one-bedroom residential units with apartment styles ranging from traditional to loft and studio. It’s designed to be a living-learning community to support entrepreneurship, innovation and economic prosperity.

“As we get closer to finalizing the details, we’re beginning to hear from a lot of students who are excited about the possibilities,” said Shawn Naccarato, executive director of PSU’s Center for Innovation and Business Development. “It’s a type of student housing we currently don’t offer and has the potential of revitalizing the heart of our historic downtown district. It’s a win-win situation for the city and university.”