Utica College needs more student housing.
“It’s a good problem to have,” said Dr. Jeffery Gates, senior vice president of Student Life and Enrollment Management.
The plan calls for three student residence buildings, which will have apartment-style living spaces with four bedrooms each, two full bathrooms, kitchen with dishwasher and a washer and dryer in each unit. The three-story buildings will be located next to the tennis courts, near the Todd and Jennifer Hutton Sports and Recreation Center.
The project is a public-private partnership between the college, the Utica Municipal Housing Authority, and Albany-based BBL Construction Services.
For the past two years, UC has rented space at the nearby Ramada Inn for students, providing busing to and from campus. The college has renovated and leased half of the hotel, in an area that is secure from the public and other hotel guests, Gates said.
“It has been our goal to bring those students back to campus,” Gates said.
Gates said the project will be funded by the housing authority and BBL. The total cost is estimated to be $13 to $14 million, which would be repaid through student housing rental monies. While details are stilled being worked out, Gates said the college plans to place resident assistants on each floor and an area coordinator will live in the residence director apartment, adjacent to a common recreation center. It is likely that the housing authority will have a role in the physical building maintenance.
The new buildings would be offered to juniors, seniors and graduate students. The college currently has seven residence halls on campus, including two buildings for freshmen.
Pending proper approvals, the college and partners hope to break ground in late spring or early summer, with fall 2019 occupancy. Plans also call for approximately 180 parking spaces.