University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees advances $100M student-housing development

University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees advances $100M student-housing development

The board voted unanimously to approve $15 million to fund the design of the project in partnership with the Clifton Heights Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (CHCURC).

The project is expected to cost $100 million in total, according to a request for qualifications (RFQ) document the university submitted in December 2022.

Construction is expected to begin in 2024 and be complete by fall 2026.

“The planned development in the Clifton Heights neighborhood will be a gateway to our campus from the southeast and will provide 1,200 more beds for our students,” Pat Kowalski, senior vice president of administration and finance at UC, told the board.

The sites sit between Calhoun and McMillan streets west of Vine Street and east of Ohio Avenue. The first site, “Block 1,” is the large, vacant slope of land on the west side of Scioto Lane. The second site, “Block 2,” comprises part of the block east of Scioto Lane.

The early designs show four residence halls above structured parking with a built-in gym and half basketball court in the easternmost building.

UC is desperately in need of more student housing as its record-breaking enrollment continues to grow and more students desire to live on or near campus. The university projects demand for student housing is expected to rise by 25% through 2030.

UC is also moving forward with the Bellevue Gardens redevelopment that could add 450 beds at the corner of Martin Luther King Drive East, Eden Avenue and Gerard Steer in Corryville. The university selected Ratio Design of that project as well, according to state records.


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