West Campus to provide new housing in 2013

Brianna Pelayo

A new addition to West Campus is scheduled to open in the fall semester of 2013.

2400 Nueces, the new student and faculty housing, will consist of 304 units that will provide 622 beds ranging from studios to four-bedroom apartments.

“It’s not a [typical] UT housing development,” said Amy Wanamaker, campus director of real estate. “UT owns the property, and we saw the opportunity to generate return on the property and the need for student, faculty and graduate housing within two blocks of the University.”

UT has ground-leased the property that was once old Wooldridge Hall to Education Realty Trust, one of the largest companies in the U.S. involved in developing and running collegiate housing. Architectural firm PageSoutherlandPage designed 2400 Nueces to go along with the modern look of the University.

“PageSoutherlandPage are local, well respected architects that came up with a beautiful design,” Wanamaker said.

EDR is developing this new 16-story high-rise for the UT System Board of Regents and will proceed to own and manage it, said Susan Jennings, spokeswoman for EDR. The $63.9 million production will provide amenities such as structured parking, a swimming pool, a fitness center, a rooftop patio, granite countertops and ceramic tiling, she said.

“The apartments are designed and marketed for graduate students, staff and upperclassmen, but we abide by all Fair Housing Laws,” Jennings said.

In addition to apartments, the University Neighborhood Overlay requires that the ground floor contain a “high percentage of local uses.” These uses may include retail and the possibility of the International Office moving into the building.

“[The] UNO requirement is for either office or retail, and we’re proposing that the International Office relocate back on the property for the board to approve in their Nov. 10 meeting,” Wanamaker said. “It’s not a guarantee until the lease has been negotiated and executed, and the board has approved the request.”

The International Office staff has been temporarily moved off campus. Candace Shye, International Office director, said they are excited about the possible transition to a new building.

“We used to be in 27,000 square feet. We’re in less than 18,000 now, and we’re in three different locations so they had to split our offices up,” Shye said. “One of the things I’m looking forward to if we get our office is that our whole office will be back under the same roof again.”

Printed on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 as: More housing added by campus for 2013