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University of Dayton To Build New 'Not A Dormitory'

The University of Dayton says its new residential units, 301 Lowes Street, will look similar to the existing Caldwell Street apartments.
The University of Dayton says its new residential units, 301 Lowes Street, will look similar to the existing Caldwell Street apartments.
The University of Dayton says its new residential units, 301 Lowes Street, will look similar to the existing Caldwell Street apartments.
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The University of Dayton says its new residential units, 301 Lowes Street, will look similar to the existing Caldwell Street apartments.

The University of Dayton plans to break ground in May on new student housing.  The 301 Lowes Street development will feature 96 units that will each house four students. 

Vice president for facilities and campus operations Beth Keyes says the four-story building will hold 96 apartments, with four students in each unit.  But she says it's not a dorm.

"Each unit has a total of four beds, two bathrooms, living room, dining room-kitchen combination, laundry room.  The kitchens are equipped with dishwashers and garbage disposals and all the amenities of a really nice kitchen," she says. "They're all inclusive."

Keyes says there is a big demand for on-campus housing.  The school has spent $150 million in the last ten years on construction and renovation.

"Our students, about 90 percent of which in the undergraduate population live with us already, always want to and prefer to live in our housing, to have our amenities and our safety features, along with being a part of the community in the neighborhood."

"It feels a little off campus but it's really right on our campus," she says.

Keyes says the four-story building should be open for the 2017 fall semester.

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