A four-story apartment building in downtown Springfield for University of Illinois Springfield graduate students is going up relatively fast due to the modular construction technique being used at the site.
While UIS has supported the downtown housing project, it won’t be university-owned housing. The Villas Downtown Springfield will own the $8 million building.
The new building is expected to be ready for students in August.
Clarice Ford, interim vice chancellor for student affairs at UIS, said some students pursuing advanced degrees have internships in downtown government office buildings. She has heard from students who are interested in living in the new building. Some of them don’t have a car, which means the downtown location makes it easier to get to their internship.
“Many students are excited, especially those who are just starting their internship process,” Ford said. “Now they know there is a place they can be housed instead of waiting three or four months as they go around the city looking for housing.”
The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on April 23, 2016.
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