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Second new apartment project to add 16 buildings near Riverknoll

RIT new apartments Entry look
The new Capstone apartments will feature a new color, green, and facade stonework. Perkins will have a new entry look, shown here. (right)

Construction has begun on a $15 million project that will build 512 new apartment bed spaces on campus. According to William Batcheller, RIT's director of business services, this second Capstone apartment project is slated for completion by September. The 16 new buildings will be located south and west of the first Capstone apartments which were formally dedicated this fall and are south of the Riverknoll apartments. The first apartments received rave reviews by students, says Batcheller, adding that the new facilities will include some new design elements and upgrades in the exterior facades. 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 thetown house bed space at Racquet Club.

Watters says the plan differs significantly from other RIT construction projects in that the developer 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 ethernet hook-ups.

As part of the original plan, RIT will demolish sections of the Racquet Club townhouses, beginning with six buildings this summer. The 28 buildings were constructed in 1968 and purchased by RIT in 1986. "Additional Racquet Club units will be closed in the following years, but the complex will remain open at least through the summer of 2002 and perhaps longer, based upon the completion of the $50 million residence hall renovations," explains Batcheller.

Batcheller says an additional $6 million worth of renovations are also underway at the Colony Manor and Perkins apartment complexes. This entails some exterior renovation, new entrances, halls, doors, roofs and installation of ethernet connections.

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