University of Chicago expands south with new dorm – Education News

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17 August 2017 | 10:30 am

The University of Chicago is moving ahead with plans for a new dormitory and dining area to be built on the south side of its campus.

The new building just south of the Midway Plaisance parkway at 61st Street and Dorchester Avenue would become part of “several new projects” opening south of the Midway in the next few years, John Boyer, who is dean of the college, told students and staff in an Aug. 15 memo.

“To meet the growing demand for College housing and ensure that students enjoy the same high-quality residential experience in every dorm, the University is in the planning stages for a new residence hall and dining commons across the Midway from International House,” Boyer said in the memo yesterday. “This new hall would join several new projects south of the Midway that will open in the next few years, creating a vibrant and dynamic corridor of activity on Campus South.”

At a Hyde Park community meeting in May, another school administrator said the building was under consideration. The need for increased housing follows the University of Chicago’s increased enrollment in the past decade, and the school’s goal to have more students live in university housing.

Boyer noted that “significant investments” are being made in the school’s residence halls and dining facilities, pointing to the opening last year of Campus North, a residential building on the north side of the campus designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, and the related Baker Dining Commons.

A spokeswoman for the university declined to comment about financing for the site. Boyer said in his memo that he would provide more details as the project progresses.



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