Stalled $60 Million UCF Project Gets Underway

by Katie Sloan

Orlando, Fla. — Close to campus, the 600-bed mid-rise is expected to open in 2013.

Orlando, Fla.  — Construction has begun on the $60 million NorthView Knights, a 600-bed housing project being developed by the University of Central Florida and developer Alan Ginsburg.

The project, which had been delayed since 2009 over lawsuits concerning potential noise and traffic, is now expected to open in 2013. Retail space may also be part of the community, but it will not be connected to the housing and would be constructed at a later date, according to the Orlando Business Journal.

The development includes 30 two-story townhouse units with living rooms open to the second level, 90 four-bedroom and 60 two-bedroom flats, and parking for 775 cars. Buildings are seven stories tall stepping down to five stories bordering the streets. The community will offer a parking garage, swimming pool, rooftop sun deck, club room, fitness center, and 40,000 square feet of program space. Students will have direct access to all levels of living units from the parking garage. Once open, the project will be one of the closest student housing options available that is not located on campus.

Finfrock and Orlando-based Cuhaci & Peterson Architects LLC are designing the project.

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