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November 20, 1998

Apartment site work begins at Hawthorn Court

by Anne Dolan

Site work has begun in the Hawthorn Court neighborhood for new student apartment buildings that are part of the residence department's master plan. The first three apartment buildings are scheduled to open next August, and three more will open in time for spring semester 2000.

The three-story buildings will feature four-bedroom apartments intended for upper division students. By August 2001, Hawthorn Court will have 23 new buildings providing apartment living for 2,000 students.

This month, crews are clearing and grading the area just east of Stange Road. The work will be completed by Thanksgiving. The construction contract will be awarded in mid-January and construction will begin soon after that, said Jim Judy, project manager and assistant director for planning for the residence department.

The Hawthorn Court development will cost $58 million. A schematic design for the project was presented to the State Board of Regents this week.

Judy said the existing Hawthorn Court units will remain occupied through spring semester. Demolition, as well as utility work for the new buildings, will begin June 1, 1999.

Under its master plan, the residence department will renovate or replace about 50 percent of the university's student housing to provide more housing options and features surveyed students have indicated they want.

Other elements of the plan include demolishing Helser, Freeman and Westgate halls near central campus; Knapp and Storms halls in the "Towers" complex; and the two oldest sections (1927 and 1938) of Friley Hall. More apartments for upper-division students will be built at the Towers site, and buildings targeting freshmen and sophomores are planned near State Gym. Oak, Elm and Buchanan halls will be renovated.

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