A development that will help ease Snow College's acute student housing shortage is now in the works.

Dynamic America and Snow Village Inc., two privately owned firms, have announced plans to install 16 three-bedroom mobile homes on a site on East Center Street adjacent to the main college campus.Matthew Nielsen, owner of Snow Village, will be the managing partner in the joint venture with Dynamic America.

The mobile homes were purchased from Gulf Oil Co., Nielsen said, and transported to Ephraim from Green River, Wyo., where they had housed workers engaged in oil exploration during a boom period.

The necessary permits have been obtained form Ephraim City for the development, Nielsen said and a contract covering the installation has been awarded.

The units should be ready for occupancy by mid-March, Nielsen said. They will provide housing for both single and married students.

This is the second student housing development to get under way in Ephraim this winter. The first is the conversion of the old Dell Hotel on West Center Street by a California group to living quarters for 64 male students. That project is scheduled for completion sometime in January.