The University of Missouri-Kansas City can pursue its first student housing for the Hospital Hill Campus.
The Board of Curators of the University Missouri System, during a meeting Thursday at UMKC, voted to allow UMKC to issue bonds and send out requests for developers’ proposals.
UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton said student housing near the Hospital Hill Campus would be an important element in the university’s efforts to grow enrollment in its health professions schools, and a boost to other life-science-related activities in the area.
Developers’ proposals are due March 5. The project calls for about 245 beds in an apartment-style design and 196 parking spaces in a dedicated parking structure. The recommendation is for the student housing to be a certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility.
City leaders have stated that student housing near the Hospital Hill campus can help in redeveloping the surrounding neighborhoods. It also could attract restaurants and stores that would give UMKC students a richer campus experience.