The University of Missouri-Kansas City has taken another important step toward the first student housing for the Hospital Hill Campus.
The Board of Curators of the University of Missouri System, meeting June 13, in Columbia, reviewed its design. More than 2,900 students attend the UMKC Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy located on the Hospital Hill Campus.
The housing would give those UMKC students more options to be closer to classes and become a part of the community. Kansas City leaders have stated that student housing near the Hospital Hill campus would help redevelop surrounding neighborhoods.
The project, estimated at $30.33 million, will be funded by $26.63 million in debt financing and $3.7 million from Missouri state tax credits. Curators approved the plans for the student housing last January during a board meeting in Kansas City. Plans are for the apartments to be completed in July 2014, in time for use in the 2014 fall semester.
Gould Evans of Kansas City designed the project that includes 245 beds of apartment-style housing and 196 parking spaces located on the northeast corner of East 25th Street and Troost Avenue.
“The design is similar to the look of Oak Place Apartments,” said Bob Simmons, UMKC Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities. The apartments at 5050 Oak St were built in 2008. “They have a contemporary look.”
The brick and cement-board-siding apartments will be a mix of one-, two- and four-bedroom units on five levels. The housing includes gated fences for secure private courtyards with exterior tables and grills. Building entry will be by card access and security cameras will be at all entrances and public areas. A pedestrian pathway across Troost Avenue will connect to the Hospital Hill Campus. A bus stop and bike racks are included in the design.
The plan is for the student housing to be a certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility.