The University of Louisville has signed a deal with a developer to create a “college town” neighborhood for students who want to live close to the university’s Belknap campus.
The developer, Edwards Companies of Columbus, Ohio, is building The Province on a 43-acre site that was formerly occupied by American Standard, a plumbing fixture manufacturer.
When complete in the fall of 2010, the residential community will include 522 one- to four-bedroom apartments, a clubhouse, swimming pool, volleyball court and sundeck.
The first phase of the project calls for building 366 apartments by Fall 2009.
Some 3,300 UofL students, or about 20 percent of the university’s total student body, now live on Belknap campus. That number has steadily climbed since 2000, when only about 1,800 students, about 9 percent, lived on campus. UofL is working to make housing on or near campus available to 28 percent of its student body by 2014.