UC approves $9.5M to buy land for major new developments amid enrollment growth
UC unveiled plans in August to work with CHCURC on the development of four new student dorms with 1,200 total beds at a cost of $100 million.
The project, intended to act as a new front door to Clifton Heights, will have its own “front door” on Calhoun Street, with all primary entrances on-grade with that street rather than McMillan to the south, according to board documents.
UC selected downtown-based Turner Construction as the construction manager. The university has selected but not disclosed the design team. Design development began Oct. 1.
“Block 1” to the east of Scioto Lane will feature three buildings of traditional university housing with connected ground-level common space, a campus recreation/fitness center and 125 to 200 structured parking spaces. “Block 2” to the west of Scioto Lane will feature one building with apartment-style housing.
Construction is expected to begin April 2024 and finish August 2026.
The board also voted Tuesday to buy a 0.89-acre parcel on the southeast corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Eden Avenue for $1.25 million.
The parcel will be folded into the $125 million Bellevue Gardens development, for which the university intends to demolish the existing 96-bed Bellevue Gardens buildings on 0.95 acres across Gerard Street and north of Bellevue Avenue. The new project will offer an estimated 450 new beds of student housing, 200 parking spaces, student communal space and other amenities, according to bidding documents UC filed in April.
UC has selected Indianapolis-based Ratio Design as the architecture firm. A construction manager has not yet been named.
Construction is expected to begin August 2024 and finish by June 2026.
More than 4,000 beds of student housing, built by the university as well as private developers, will be delivered by fall 2026, UC President Neville Pinto said at the Oct. 24 board meeting.
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