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Housing changes for ND graduate students

Postby Happy Mom » Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:13 am

Housing changes for ND graduate students
University Village, Cripe St. Apts. and O'Hara-Grace to close in 2018




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Housing changes for ND graduate students
Robert Franklin, South Bend Tribune
University of Notre Dame graduate student Enrique Colon, who lives in University Village apartments with his wife and two children, walks by children’s play equipment as he enters his apartment building on Wednesday. SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN

Posted: Monday, October 20, 2014 6:55 am | Updated: 6:58 am, Mon Oct 20, 2014.
By Margaret Fosmoe South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — The University of Notre Dame in 2018 will close three apartment complexes that house graduate students, including University Village, the 52-year-old complex for married students with children.
The facilities to be closed:
• University Village, an 86-unit apartment complex for families located north of Douglas Road near Indiana 933. The complex for graduate students with children opened in 1962 and includes a community center.
• Cripe Street Apartments, 24 apartments for married graduate students who don’t have children, is located on East Cripe Street in Roseland.
• O’Hara-Grace Townhouses, apartments that house up to 124 graduate students with four students per unit. The town houses, built in the 1970s, are just northeast of Bulla Road and Wilson Drive.
After closing, the three complexes will be retired and likely demolished.
Fischer Graduate Residences, apartments built in the early 1990s and located just north and east of O’Hara-Grace, will remain in use. Although now limited to unmarried graduate students, designated sections of Fischer in 2018 will be available to married students, including those with families. Fischer currently houses a maximum of 378 residents.
Future university-related housing construction near campus for graduate students and their families is a possibility, as well.
Residents were notified over the summer of the university’s plan to close the complexes in 2018.
Many current residents by then will have finished their graduate studies and moved away. But any students now living in the facilities to be closed who will still be enrolled in 2018 will be offered grandfathered lease rates in Fischer, said Karen Kennedy, Notre Dame’s director of housing.
Between now and 2018, the university will plan and make some physical changes in the Fischer buildings so that certain areas of that complex will be set aside for families, Kennedy said. About 16 percent of graduate students currently live on campus, she said.
Natalia Drause said she’ll be sorry to leave the Cripe Street Apartments. Her husband, Raymond, is a doctoral student in history.
The couple in July moved into one of the Cripe Street units, and are pleased with it, particularly its proximity to the families in University Village. “We love it. We love the community. There are lots of opportunities to meet with our neighbors,” Natalia Drause said.
The couple lived last year in an apartment complex near campus that houses primarily undergraduates, and it wasn’t a good experience, she said.
Enrique Colon, a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in fine arts, moved into University Village in July with his wife and two children. It’s the ideal living arrangement for the family, he said.
“There are activities for the children. People brought us food. It’s been a warm welcome,” Colon said. He’ll be finished with his degree before 2018, but he’s sorry to know graduate student families after that won’t have University Village.
“It’s a really tight-knit community that I’d hate to lose. I wish every graduate student could have this opportunity. University Village was one of the reasons I came to Notre Dame,” he said.
Some graduate students this fall are living in the new Overlook at Notre Dame, an apartment building with 240 studio and one-bedroom units that opened in August along Twyckenham Drive just east of campus. It’s considered a Notre Dame-related property, because the university owns the land and a private company, LP Overlook LLC, owns the building and operates the complex.
Under a contractual arrangement, Overlook residents must be Notre Dame graduate students, faculty or staff, leasing agent Jeri DeCola said. The building is at full occupancy.
Because of the limited size of each unit, families with children can’t lease at the Overlook.
The experience so far at the Overlook has been very positive, Kennedy said, and the university may in the future partner on additional university-related housing construction near campus, possibly including some designed for families.
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