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Factory site being transformed into U of L student housing

Two new developments will soon bring more than a thousand U of L students to the old American Standard property.  Buildings and pavement have already been removed from the site.  Thos are the first signs an ugly, long-abandoned factory site can be transformed into appealing upscale student housing.

Provost Dr. Shirley Willinganz says about a year from now, the back 42 acres of the American Standard property will, "be transformed into student residences that are probably not at all like the place we lived when we were in college.  These will include a central clubhouse, a swimming pool, sand volleyball courts, spas, and a sundeck."

Brad Brown, president of Edwards Student Housing, gives more details:  "We will start pre-leasing in September of this year.  We'll have a trailer on site, fully staffed, and 12 months from now, we'll be ready for move in."

The Columbus, Ohio company will build and manage the new housing.  Brown says, "You bring in a thousand kids and they all like to eat.  They all like to shop.  They all like to have conveniences.  It's just a natural you'll see other businesses come and partner with you."

The old main factory building on the American Standard property is where you will likely see the first new businesses to serve students.  A second development group plans to turn the upper floors there into a parking garage, with the lower level possibly shops and restaurants.  And that group also plans to build student housing next door to the factory."

Edwards Student Housing is initially building 366 apartments, with room for 850 students.   It is confident demand will allow it to quickly build Phase 2 -- 150 more luxury apartments.

U of L Amanda Cunningham is enthusiastic about the development.  "There's just more opportunity here, more amenities.  It's newer.  It's not what your parents stayed in.  It's just an exciting opportunity."

It will cost students about $500 a month to live here, but the price includes furnished rooms, cable TV, high-speed Internet, and other amenities.

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