UWindsor building new student residence

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Construction will begin next spring on a new student residence at the University of Windsor.

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The six-storey building will be constructed on Sunset Avenue between Wyandotte Street and Union Street. It will feature 440 private rooms arranged in suites with two rooms sharing a bathroom.

It’s anticipated the 160,000 sq. ft. floor plan will be ready for occupation ahead of the fall semester in 2025.

Officials say the project will address a growing housing shortage in Windsor, where thousands of students live in private, off-campus rentals.

“Student residence on campus is a positive development for our community,” Ward 2 Coun. Fabio Costante said. “It provides safe and accessible housing for our students and gives them access to all the campus amenities. From a Ward 2 perspective, it takes some of the pressure off the abutting housing market in terms of rentals.”

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The university currently has four residence buildings in Residence Hall West, Laurier Hall, Cartier Hall and Alumni Hall. Each residence houses between 150-350 students annually.

Dr, Phebe Lam, UWindsor’s acting associate vice-president of student experience, described the new residence as the “premier offering” of on-campus living.

“The University of Windsor is thrilled to be able to offer yet another option of residence to our students,” Lam said. “Having a modern, comfortable, and vibrant living environment supports student engagement, growth, and experience.”

The project was made possible by a public-private partnership with Tilbury Capital, a local real estate investment, development, and management company.

“We are pleased to partner with the University of Windsor to bring additional student housing to campus” said Michael Kaye, Partner, Tilbury Capital. “We are excited to begin work on this momentous project.”

The university has several facility investments underway including construction work at the Toldo Lancer Center, the law building and the renovation at 300 Ouellette Ave.

“The student residence is a positive step for the university and for the west-side community,” Costante said.

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