Student Housing: Arlington City Council approves student housing complex

by Natalia Contreras for The Shorthorn

As enrollment continues to increase, the demand for student housing is attracting outside developers.

American Campus Communities Inc. will begin construction in June 2012 of a still unnamed UTA student apartment complex that was unanimously approved last night by the Arlington City Council.

The project will give UTA student residents the ability to walk or bike to their classes, and the property is also on the university’s shuttle route to campus, ACC Development Director Chuck Carroll said.

“UT Arlington jumped in second place as the largest growing university in the UT System,” Carroll said. “So with those kind of growth trends, and this location, we are excited about constructing an apartment complex that will be of benefit to UTA students.”

The complex will include a resort-style pool, a fitness center, a gaming area, study lounge and a three-story parking garage along with visitor parking, he said.

The complex, which will include 128 units that will house about 488 students, will complement the university’s enrollment growth, and the city’s downtown master plan, said Jake Newman, ACC development vice president.

There’s a full demand for housing since the beginning of the semester, university spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said.

“This is what has attracted outside developers to come to our city,” she said.

The project will be located on the corner of Abram and Kerby Streets about 250 yards north of the Maverick Activities Center.

UTA is working to expand student housing with the $80 million College Park on the east side of campus that will include a new apartment complex and a new dormitory.

“The university is responding to the housing demand, and by 2012 the university will add 600 living units within the College Park District,” Sullivan said.

Councilman Robert Rivera said the city is willing to do anything to encourage the growth of downtown Arlington.

In August, the city council also approved the construction of Maverick Village apartment complex, which is located at Abram and Davis streets and will house 232 students.

“By approving this project we are also encouraging UTA students to live downtown, Rivera said. By living downtown they are helping the businesses around here grow and if they graduate from UTA, they will be encouraged to stay in Arlington. The more students stick around here the better it is for the city.”

ACC will have another city council public hearing in November to present the project’s architectural and construction blue print.

[theshorthorn.com]

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