Board of Regents finance committee approves progressed housing plans

Dionte Berry

The pre-development plans for the private public partnership (P3) housing revamp have been approved by the Board of Regents’ Finance Committee.

The Finance Committee had a special meeting on Thursday, May 26 to discuss how construction would begin. With them the committee had Senior Vice President of RISE LLC Development, Jeremy Doss as a representative from RISE, the University’s chosen partner. 

The first phase of the P3 project includes the construction of two new residential halls north of Hart Hall and a new dining hall near Springer Hall. Along with phase one Hart Hall, Winslow Dining Hall and Springer Hall will be razed. 

The revamp focuses on having more green spaces, space for community activities and retaining the residential student population.

“The overall goal of going into this was the recruitment and retention of our students, that is why we are doing this,” Vice President of Finances and Administrative Services, Jackie Dudley said. 

The two residential halls set north of Hart Hall will both have around 309 beds each and will have a mix between two and four bedroom suites, a common kitchen and community event rooms. 

(Screen capture from the Finance Committee meeting on Thursday May 26)

The new dining hall will have a maximum capacity of around 550 seats, and is set to have a multipurpose room and private dining space. The dining hall would also become home to auxiliary and housing…

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