U-of-M Dearborn Plans New Union Center

For the first time in its history, the University of Michigan-Dearborn will be offering housing options for its students starting the Fall semester of 2013.
Campus officials made the announcement on September 18 that a new center dubbed the Union would be added to the campus grounds.
“Our students have expressed an interest in housing for many years, so we are pleased that this development allows students the opportunity of adjacent housing to enhance their university experience,” said UM-Dearborn chancellor Daniel Little. “With the reduction of state funding and our commitment to minimizing tuition increases, this public-private collaboration will allow the university to continue to invest in its academic mission, while transforming the campus experience for all students.”
Though the project’s estimated cost is $30 million, campus officials have assured students that tuition will not be affected due to the college’s contract with Urban Campus Communities (UCC).
According to the university website, the complex will feature apartments for more than 500, and is expected to expand and include housing for an additional 300 students should the housing prove successful. In addition, the complex will also feature space for student life activities, including meeting rooms, student gathering spaces, group study rooms, offices for student organizations and a cabaret-style theater.
The Union will be built on Evergreen road directly across the street from the campus, and will feature a street walkway connecting the two. Should the Union prove successful, the campus will further develop an arch-walkway over the street for cyclists and handicapped students. Parking, as well as a shuttle service, will also be made available to students residing at the Union.
Because of this constant presence of the student body, local businesses are hoping to profit from an economic growth.
“This is such an exciting development for the City of Dearborn,” said Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. “We are thrilled that UM-Dearborn students soon will be able to call Dearborn home throughout the year and we look forward to welcoming them to our community.”
For additional information, visit the Union website at www.liveattheu.com.

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