By Yara Del Rio-Dominguez |Staff Writer|
University Park & Shops and Capstone Development Partners are building a $40.9 million student housing complex across from CSUSB’s main entrance.
“New housing options are great. I’d like to have more choices of where I want to live on campus other than Arrowhead and University Village,” said student Jesus Rios.
The Glen at University Park will have a three-story townhome style design. It will also be fully furnished and include a 7,000 foot recreational building with a fitness center, lounge, media and gaming area as well as study rooms, according to multihousingnews.com.
It will only be open to CSUSB students.
The CSUSB campus currently offers suite style residence halls and apartment style units at Serrano Village (SV), Arrowhead Village (AV), and University Village (UV). SV is where mostly first-year students reside and is broken up into different halls.
Each hall shares a laundry room and kitchen.
AV, also located on campus, has an apartment-esque design and offers three different floor plans to choose from. Every unit in AV comes with its own full kitchen and students get the comfort of rooming on their own.
UV, conveniently located across the street from the campus, usually houses upper division students and provides a furnished living room with a fully equipped kitchen.
Student Brianna Montos enjoys living here on campus because of its convenience and sees the reason behind new housing.
“Campus housing is packed. It’s tough trying to get housing here on campus. If you’re not a freshman, you don’t get priority,” said Montos.
“If their prices are reasonable, I would consider moving into the townhomes,” continued Montos.
The townhomes will be equipped with fully-furnished units that include living room furniture, kitchen appliances, and all the bedroom furniture, allowing students to move in immediately.
James Watson, commonly known as Jim Watson, is a contributor and advocate for CSUSB’s Literacy Center, which was established in the College of Education to provide tutorial assistance to students throughout the community, according to calstate.edu.
Watson and his wife Judy, are continuous contributors to not only the CSUSB campus, but also to the city of San Bernardino and have funded numerous projects.
“Jim Watson owner of J.R. Watson & Associates has funded all of the costs of building this project,” said Danyelle Dodd, a representative for Asset Campus Housing.
In a brief interview, Dodd mentioned every bedroom in the townhomes will come with a full-sized bed, walk-in closet, dresser and nightstand, all of which will be brand new and state of the art.
Every unit will also have a full-size a washer and dryer as well.
Although the housing price rates have not yet been finalized, they are predicted to be comparable to CSUSB’s UV.
“Living on campus can get expensive, but I like how all my utilities are bundled with housing,” said Amy Heuansavath. “The new townhomes that [are] being built sounds like utilities are not included in the housing rates.”
Rent prices at The Glen will include the cost of premium cable, high-speed internet, water, trash, sewage, and electricity.
The construction development should wrap up by September 2015.