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 Thursday in Columbia, reviewed its design. UMKC’s Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy are located on the Hospital Hill Campus, near the intersection of 25th and Holmes streets. More than 2,900 students attend those schools.
The housing would give 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 cost is estimated at $30.33 million, funded by $26.63 million in debt financing and $3.7 million from Missouri state tax credits.
The apartments, designed by Gould Evans of Kansas City, will be located on the northeast corner of East 25th Street and Troost Avenue. The project will include 245 beds of apartment-style housing and 196 parking spaces.
“The unit floor plans are similar to Oak Place Apartments,” said Bob Simmons, UMKC Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities. The apartments at 5050 Oak St were built in 2008. “To better reflect the Hospital Hill campus, the Hospital Hill Student Housing will have a more contemporary architectural 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.
The plan is for the student housing to be a certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility.
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 apartments are scheduled to be completed in July 2014 so they will be ready before the fall semester.