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$285M Student Housing Project Breaks Ground at UC Riverside


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St. Louis based McCarthy Building, broke ground on a $285 million student housing project at the University of California- Riverside. The North District Phase 2 Student Housing Development, is a 424,000-square-foot project that is a type of intersegmental student housing. It allows students enrolled at the Riverside Community College District to reside on UCR's main campus, providing community college students with the opportunity to experience life at a four-year university.


The development comprises 429 contemporary single- and double-occupancy apartment-style units, featuring one to four bedrooms. Additionally, the facility offers kitchen and living room spaces, along with modern amenities such as high-speed Wi-Fi, air conditioning, designated study areas, and communal spaces designed for both academic concentration and social interaction.


Funding for the project was secured through the California Higher Education Student Housing Grant Program, aiming to increase housing options for low-income UCR and RCCD students. With this financial support, the dormitory will accommodate a total of 1,568 beds.


Similar initiatives are either in the planning stages or underway across California. For instance, the University of California, Merced, and Merced College jointly announced on September 1 that they would construct a 488-bed student housing project for community college and transfer students.


Furthermore, an intersegmental housing project involving San Diego State University, SDSU Imperial Valley, and Imperial Valley College received $11.6 million in funding from the state assembly on November 8, as reported by the Imperial Valley Press.

The first student residents are expected to move into the North District Phase 2 Student Housing Development in 2025.


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