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Sep 29, 2017

Village Style Housing Project Approved for University of Arizona

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Construction could begin before the end of the year on a unique project that will see two city blocks in Tucson, Arizona transformed into what is being described as a village-style multi-use student complex.

Members of the Arizona Board of Regents have given their unanimous approval to a $136.8 million complex to be used exclusively for students attending the University of Arizona’s Honors College.

The project, which was initially proposed earlier this year, will go up near North Fremont Street and East Drachman Street, several blocks north of the main UA campus, and will see the building of enough residential space to house more than 1,000 students.

To be developed by the Austin-based American Campus Communities, the UA Honors College complex will also include more than 24,000 square feet of office and study space, as well as a 14,600 square-foot dining facility.

In negotiations with the City of Tucson, UA officials agreed to address a series of traffic and parking issues, while also building a runoff detention basin designed to reduce flooding.

The project will separate the complex through landscaping from an adjoining neighborhood, creating a walkable tree-lined space where the buildings, which will also include a 41,000 square-foot recreation center, will be no more than four floors in height.

UA officials have maintained that the complex is needed in order to centralize residential and classroom activities for the school’s Honors College, which has an enrollment of around 4,500.

If all goes well, the complex is expected to be completed in time for the fall 2019 semester.

 

By Garry Boulard

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