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University confirms plans to construct new graduate student family housing

| Thursday, May 3, 2018

Notre Dame plans to construct new housing for married and parenting graduate students to replace the University Village and Cripe Street apartments, a report from the South Bend Tribune said Thursday.

The 180-unit complex will be located on Cripe Street and is expected to be completed in August 2019. The Cripe Street apartments are scheduled to be demolished and a Holladay Properties development is set to be constructed on the current University Village location.

University spokesman Dennis Brown told The South Bend Tribune the University is “in negotiations with a third-party developer to create a new Notre Dame related property with amenities for married and parenting graduate students.”

A third-party developer would construct and operate the new apartments on University property, the report said. A new road connecting Douglas Road and the east side of the development is also included in the plans. Rental rates for the apartments have not been released.

The South Bend town council gave “a positive recommendation” for the new development Wednesday, the report said. The county board of zoning appeals will hear the University’s rezoning request May 9.

The development plans were made possible by the University’s acquisition of new properties on Cripe Street, the report said.

“As we said from the beginning, we were looking at all sorts of different options to help replace the University Village,” Brown said to the South Bend Tribune. “We’re fortunate that this opportunity came about with these properties.”

If the board approves the new developments, construction will begin as soon as possible, the report said.

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