The Diamondback reports that the City Council gave a thumbs up to View III. The completion of the University View trifecta will begin at the end of next summer. This will bring an additional 992 beds and 19,000 square feet of retail space. By my estimate all three building provide in the neighborhood of 2600 beds for students just steps away from the main entrance to campus.
- University View : 1100 beds (COMPLETE)
- The View Part Two : 516 beds (Under Construction)
- The View Village: 992 beds (Construction begins next summer)
Approval would have come sooner but there were some disagreements over parking.
Last week, city staff and council members told the project’s developers they didn’t offer enough parking. Their plan relied on using on-campus lots as overflow from their own garages even as the university refused to guarantee such an arrangement in the long run.
Council members said they would have preferred to see the developers add a level to the project’s parking garage, but were told the $1.6 million cost of such a change could jeopardize the entire development.
After a private discussion between two city officials and representatives from developer Clark Enterprises, the sides agreed Clark would have to find a way to provide extra parking for the project’s residents if the university stopped allowing on-campus parking. In exchange, the city would not immediately force the developers to expand the 462-space parking garage.
Say what you will about the design of the building, or the monstrocity of such a beast on Route 1, but it is this authors opinioin that 2600 students in the View mostly walking to class is better than 2600 students spread out over the area looking for parking every day.