Prospective tenants, their parents and curious citizens can enjoy refreshments and see the new trend in student housing[/bold]
NOTE: To see a sneak preview of the Stadium Place apartments,
visit www.fhsu.edu/reslife/stadium.shtml. To see the construction in progress,
HAYS, KS -- Students who are interested in condominium-style living in a new complex conveniently located on the Fort Hays State University campus should plan to attend an open house at the Stadium Place apartments.
Everyone is welcome at the open house from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the apartment complex, located on the site of the former McGrath Hall immediately north and west of Lewis Field Stadium.
Free pop and grilled hot dogs will be served.
Stadium Place, which will be completed in time for the new academic year that begins in August, represents a new era in student housing at FHSU. It will consist of two 2-story buildings and two 3-story buildings, offering an equal mix of 2-bedroom and 4-bedroom units.
Those who visit the open house will see fully completed 2-bedroom and 4-bedroom units. These are upscale apartments, fully furnished, each with its own dishes, pots and pans, television, washer/dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator, and range.
Construction of the new student apartment complex was made possible through a partnership between the university and Uniplace LLC, which was created for the project. The apartment complex was the brainchild of Dave Van Doren, a Hays resident and FHSU alumnus, and Brooks Kellogg, another FHSU alumnus and member of the FHSU Endowment Association Board of Directors, who has a residence in Steamboat Springs, CO. Kellogg formed Uniplace with Dan Hannin and Richard A. Friedman, who both are residents of Steamboat Springs. Van Doren is the project coordinator and owner's representative for Uniplace.
The university provided the land for the project and will be responsible for on-site management, including managing the leases, marketing the complex, collecting rent and utility payments, providing Internet and cable connections to university systems, maintaining the grounds and buildings, and enforcing FHSU policies and local, state and federal laws.
The cost of the project is about $5 million. Rent will be $400 a month per person for the 4-bedroom units and $450 a month per person for the 2-bedroom units.
This new living arrangement gives students more privacy and more flexibility while allowing them to stay on campus. This location is convenient to classes and many other campus facilities. Each unit has a kitchen, but residents also can opt for meal plans at the adjacent McMindes Hall cafeteria.