Groundbreaking for UM-Dearborn Student Housing

The groundbreaking for “The Union at Dearborn” at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.

Construction on a new $44 million student housing project that will serve students attending the University of Michigan-Dearborn officially begins today with a groundbreaking ceremony set for 3 p.m. at the future site.

The groundbreaking for what will officially be called “The Union at Dearborn” will be held at 760 Town Center Drive, directly across from UM-Dearborn’s central campus entrance on Evergreen Road.

Those expected to speak at today’s event include:

  • Larry Winokur, managing partner, Urban Campus Communities. UCC is a developer of student housing and responsible for Wayne State University’s Union at Midtown.
  • Daniel Little, chancellor, University of Michigan-­Dearborn
  • Donna Inch, chairman and CEO, Ford Land
  • John B. O’Reilly, Jr., mayor, City of Dearborn

Officials had hoped to begin construction a year ago and open this past August but financing challenges delayed the project. The new campus housing project now is expected to open in August 2013.

The student housing project calls for 521 beds by using two existing buildings and three other structures. The first existing building will be renovated into a student union – The Union at Dearborn – with eight student apartments. The second existing building will be modified for additional student apartments. The primary apartments will consist of three attached buildings.

Earlier plans indicated that leases for the apartments would be eight months, with the buildings closed for the summer semester. But that could change if interest in summer classes at UM-Dearborn increases.

There are also plans for a sand volleyball court, exercise facility, meeting rooms and a theater.

To connect the apartments to the UM-Dearborn campus, a walkway will eventually be constructed over Evergreen Road. In the interim, a stoplight will be installed so students can cross.

While UCC did secure the majority of the funding for the estimated $44 million project, the Michigan Economic Growth Authority did approve the project for a $2.34 million tax credit because it could bring “$7 million in new investments and up to 20 permanent full-time jobs.”

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4 Responses to “Groundbreaking for UM-Dearborn Student Housing”

  1. bkain1 says:

    I hope this is a big boom for the local businesses!

  2. jim says:

    How much will they be charged to park?

  3. Lou says:

    I hope they time the lights well. It’s already a nightmare around there during the AM/PM drive times!

  4. Lifetime Resident says:

    If these aren’t taken up by the local students living at home or in local apartment buildings/rental properties, then maybe, But if we get some out of towners, the bars may see some business. A lot of the restaurants are a little pricey for cash strapped students and no one wants to go to Fairlane. Guess the hill will be getting more business.