UNK Today | August 2014 - page 56

us working there,” Kristensen
said. Long-term plans for Uni-
versity Village include a variety
of student housing options,
public residential areas,
full-service restaurants, retail
areas, possible office spaces,
a park and other nature areas,
softball fields, and a recreation
complex that will house both an
indoor track and tennis courts.
University Village planning and
discussion began in 2008.
Priority No.1, Kristensen
said, is to develop new student
housing to replace the aging
University Heights apartment
complex at 1701 W. 35th St.,
which probably will be sold
to generate seed money for
University Village development.
Kristensen said that because
University Heights still is gen-
erating income that it is unlikely
that the complex would be sold
before new housing has been
built in the south campus area.
“The anchor, obviously, will
be our housing,” Kristensen
said. “I think you’ll probably
see some fairly detailed plans
being put forward to the uni-
versity for housing starting in
the fall semester as we begin to
look at issuing bonds.”
UNK will issue revenue
bonds to begin building new
student housing in University
Village. Kristensen said that
following the construction of
living facilities, UNK’s next
priority is building a new Child
Development Center. The cen-
ter presently is in Otto Olsen.
“We’ve began to be fairly
purposeful in the phasing of
doing this,” Kristensen said,
adding that the northern one-
third of University Village will
be developed first.
“Once we can get some
infrastructure put in there,
once we can get some things
started, it’s much easier for us
to attract related businesses that
might be interested in locating
down there,” Kristensen said.
“Once we get started, it will
be a whole lot easier to attract
people and do things.”
Kristensen said developers
are eager to get started, and
UNK has been contacted by
restaurants, coffee shops and
other businesses that would like
to make development plans as
soon as possible.
Kristensen expects Univer-
sity Village to help continue
UNK’s growth.
“I can’t say that the minute
they (housing facilities) go
up we’ll have an increase in
enrollment, but I think clearly
it’s going to match what our
needs are and help us to grow
in the future,” Kristensen said.
He expects University
Village to complement UNK’s
new Health Sciences Education
Complex and to provide space
for the type of students that the
new health facility will attract.
“I think it will address the
changing type of student that
we expect we’re going to see
because of health science
education,” Kristensen said.
“They’re going to be a little
more of an older student, a
little more of a professional
student, and, thus, we’ll want
a different type of housing
arrangement — something
that’s a little more indepen-
dent, something that might
accommodate a family, as well.
I think that’s really who this
housing will be attractive to.”
It could take 10-20 years
and $400 million-$500 million
before University Village is
completed. “This will not be a
three- to five-year fully devel-
oped plan, and that’s the reason
you’re going to see us start to
phase it,” Kristensen said.
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view of the
design for
Village shows
how the plan
spreads hous-
ing, retail and
more across
the 104-acre
tract. UNK
will work with
private entities
to develop
and populate
the area.
Courtesy, HDR Engineering
plan for University Village could take 10 to 20 years and $400 million to $500 million to complete. Groundbreaking for new student housing at the site could begin as soon as this fall.
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