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There's no place like a new home

Students are living in eight new apartment buildings and 16 additional buildings are scheduled for completion this fall at the University Commons at Riverknoll, a unique on-campus student housing initiative. The $8 million first project provided 256 bed spaces and has been met with rave reviews from student occupants. Construction began this winter on the $15 million second segment that will provide an additional 512 bed spaces.

According to James Watters, vice president of finance and administration, the entire project will eventually replace 1,600 apartment-style bed spaces at both the current Riverknoll apartment complex and all of the townhouse bed space at Racquet Club.

Watters says the plan differs signiÞicantly from other RIT construction projects in that the developer, Capstone Development Corporation, is financing, designing, building and managing the new complex. The fully-furnished apartments have individual leases, private bedrooms, electronic alarm systems, picnic areas, a basketball court, washer and dryer in each unit, appliances, air conditioning and bedrooms wired for phone, cable and, of course, Ethernet hook-ups for the Internet.