UIndy breaks ground on new student housing

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Crews broke ground on a new addition to the University of Indianapolis Thursday.

They’re planning to increase student housing by 30 percent with the development of a new four-story apartment complex on campus. It will take the place of current apartments near the corner of Shelby and National.

The new development, deemed Greyhound Village after a student vote, will have about 200 units and will be able to house up to 480 students.

Units will be one to four bedrooms with private bathrooms, kitchens and washers and dryers.

University officials say they’re hoping to keep even more junior and senior students – as well as graduate students – on campus. They’re also hoping this will continue to spur development in this south side community.

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“What we would love to see is more businesses come and surround the building the campus is doing,” said Kory Vitangeli, UIndy dean of students and vice president for Student and Campus Affairs. “It’s amazing, the transformation the campus is undergoing right now. As part of our vision 2030 plan, we’re really trying to become an anchor for the south side community of Indianapolis. Part of that is transforming not only our academic buildings, with the new opening of our health pavilion this academic year, but with student housing and the residential experience.”

Total project cost is about $25 million.

They say the new apartments should be open by August 2016 for students.