Monday, January 5, 2015

Three developers submit proposals for UIS housing

A University of Illinois Foundation committee is awaiting responses from three developers who submitted proposals for a mixed-use residential development on the west edge of the University of Illinois Springfield campus.

The Urbana-based foundation, which owns about 75 tillable acres of farmland at UIS, including the 14-acre development site along the west edge of 11th Street, asked developers to submit proposals by Nov. 20, and three responded, said Kevin Noland, assistant vice president for real property and finance for the foundation.

“We did get some interesting proposals,” Noland said. “The committee (made up of foundation and UIS officials) decided to go back with question-and-answer sessions with the three developers to get more details of what they are proposing and to further clarify what we are looking for.”

He said the developers were asked to respond by Jan. 6.

Van Vieregge, assistant vice chancellor for student services at UIS, said one of the submitted designs resembled a downtown apartment building while the other two featured garden apartments with a central courtyard.

“We wanted to see what amenities they were offering,” he said. “We’re just waiting to hear, and we’ll go from there.”

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on January 1, 2015.

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