no place like a new home
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.