Friday, June 12, 2015

More living space, retail coming at UT Dallas

Developers are about to break ground for a major mixed-use development at the University of Texas at Dallas.
The $54 million Northside project will include housing for 600 students plus retail space in a complex of four-story buildings at the north end of the campus.
Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions LLC and Wynne/Jackson Inc. are building the project on 13 acres near the intersection of Synergy Park Boulevard and Floyd Road, adjacent to a future commuter rail station site.
Current housing at UTD is full, and the demand is strong for more units, said Wynne/Jackson principal Michael Jackson.
“We have been told there is a waiting list of 500 for on-campus housing,” Jackson said. “We believe students, young professionals, graduate students and UTD faculty/staff will be attracted to the pedestrian-friendly community.
“The mix of retail and restaurants will provide people with convenient food and service options within walking distance from campus,” he said. “There is nothing else like this near this growing university.”
Construction will start this month, and Northside is scheduled to open in August 2016.
“Northside at UT-Dallas is essential to support the tremendous growth our campus has experienced,” Dr. Calvin D. Jamison, vice president for administration at UTD, said in a prepared statement. “Over the past seven years, our enrollment has increased from 14,500 to almost 23,000 students.
“This is the natural next phase of enhancing the university experience for our campus community.”
Jacobs Engineering and Architecture Demarest designed Northside.
Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions provides development, asset and property management and other real estate services to colleges and universities,
Wynne/Jackson is a 35-year-old Dallas-based real estate development firm.   
Steve Brown/ Dallas Morning News