News

Faculty housing plan underway

Plans are in the works to build 1,200 apartments, town homes and single-family homes for UM faculty as a part of a walkable community at the university’s South Campus location off SW 152 Ave. and the turnpike, near Miami MetroZoo.

“This is a major undertaking,” Jerry Lewis, vice president for University Communications, said. “It’ll be not just housing, but a town environment.”

According to Sarah N. Artecona, assistant vice president for media and community relations, the community will include a town center with 40,000 square feet of retail space, which may be used for a neighborhood banking center and a small grocer, in addition to 50,000 square feet of office space.

She also said that the university is working with Miami-Dade County to build a public library and a public magnet school for math and science in the town center.

“Currently the university doesn’t have anything built there,” Artecona said. “The land is being underutilized.”

Other planned amenities include an extension of the campus Wellness Center, a UM-run medical clinic and an extension of the university’s Life Long Learning Center.

“I think this will be a great draw for faculty,” Lewis said. “It won’t be like any other suburban development. This will be a little more contained as a town.”

Besides having everything within walking distance, the university hopes to have a Tri-Rail extension built to connect to the Metro-rail stop at the Civic Center, enabling a quicker commute to the Miller School of Medicine for faculty, Artecona said.

This community will be the second large-scale faculty housing project the university is undertaking. Four Fillies Farm, a community of single-family homes, is currently under construction five miles south of the Coral Gables campus.

As with the Four Fillies project, this community will be built with preservation in mind, with about 45 acres of pineland to be set aside, according to Artecona.

Lillian Manzor, associate professor of Spanish, thinks the South Campus plan is a good idea and is long overdue.

“I wouldn’t say that it’s another option, I would say it’s the only option since Four Fillies is so expensive,” Manzor said. “Most universities have faculty housing and we don’t. It’s a plan that should have taken place a while ago.”

Artecona said the South Campus Village will be affordable for faculty and staff in a broad range of income levels.

According to Artecona, DPZ, Dover Kohl and Rodriguez & Quiroga are the architectural firms are working on conceptual planning for the community and vying for the design contract. She also said that they are all affiliated with the university, either as teachers or graduates.

The South Campus Village title is subject to change, according to Artecona, as it is still in the pre-development phase. Ground could be broken as early as the end of 2007, she said.

Greg Linch can be contacted at g.linch@umiami.edu.

February 21, 2006

Reporters

The Miami Hurricane

Student newspaper at the University of Miami


Around the Web
  • Miami Herald
  • UM News
  • HurricaneSports

Miami coach Jim Larranaga is staying on the Hurricanes while they keep piling up wins. Dewan Huell h ...

Shakey Rodriguez, the Miami high school basketball coaching legend, vividly remembers the first time ...

It was a good day for the Miami Hurricanes basketball team. They moved up to No. 6 in the AP Top 25 ...

Erykah Davenport and Shaneese Bailey made key plays back-to-back late in the game and four players s ...

1. MARLINS: Jeter's Fish trade Gordon. Stanton next?: While others spend -- like the Angels to ...

William W. Sandler Jr. Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education earns national recognition for it ...

Retired baseball star Alex Rodriguez gives "Major League" advice to UM’s fall graduating c ...

Becoming the Man of the Hour ...

Always a little bit of a flair for the dramatic. ...

A scholarship created by retired Major League Baseball star Alex Rodriguez and born out of his love ...

Dewan Huell recorded his second double-double of the season as Miami improved to 9-0 with a 59-50 wi ...

The Miami Hurricanes football team hosted the 2017 Football Awards Show at Gusman Hall on the Univer ...

The Miami women's basketball team begins play at the Puerto Rico Classic Monday against Sacrame ...

The University of Miami women's basketball team capped its seven-game homestand with a 79-31 wi ...

University of Miami senior wide receiver Braxton Berrios earned 2017 first-team 2017 CoSIDA Academic ...

TMH Twitter Feed
About TMH

The Miami Hurricane is the student newspaper of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The newspaper is edited and produced by undergraduate students at UM and is published weekly in print on Tuesdays during the regular academic year.