Ask Joe: Student Housing at UNR

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Updated: 4/25 7:13 pm
Question:
From the Ask Joe file, a question from a viewer about some new development projects popping up around the University of Nevada campus.
Carole Miller wrote in pointing out there are several new developments she has noticed, and she is asking why does UNR need so much student housing?

Answer:
There is a new complex near Valley Road and McCarran. There is another one under construction that is five stories high at Evans and McCarran. And there is another project going up near Keystone Avenue at Victory and McCarran.
So there is definitely a lot of construction happening around campus these days.
Joe called Jane Tors up at UNR about this on Friday. She said none of those projects Carole mentioned are being built by the university. They are private developers who are doing the construction, although they seem to be marketing their housing toward students.
Tors said the only university housing project under construction right now is off of Evans Avenue, and that is for graduate students.
The current student population at UNR is just under 19,000. Last year, the dorms were at 130-percent of capacity. So there is a need for more student housing.
Plans are in the works for a new residence hall to help meet the need of the growing student population. But as far as the other developments go, those are privately-built projects that are not directly connected to the university.
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Kramer - 4/26/2014 11:49 AM
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U would have to be out of it to not recognize that UNR traffic has a significant impact. Building near the campus should reduce this daily load, it just makes more sense. That said, this area lacks any real foresight on planning, especially traffic. it is just a cozy place to be a road builder, or vacant land owner. Beats putting students into underutilized casinos/hotels. even over a mile from campus, via city streets, landlords market houses as "near campus". Soon after, the loud parties begin.

angeloschild - 4/26/2014 2:14 AM
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Sometime ago I sent an e-mail to Ask Joe inquiring what was being built at the top of Valley Road on the site of the old Luce and Son warehouse. I never received an answer. It's a shame there were no neighborhood meetings held to address the issue of traffic congestion, and these apartments (they remind me of rabbit warrens) will definitely add to the traffic congestion in the neighborhood which includes the students of the Lemelson Stem Academy grammar school, to which the additional traffic will pose a hazard. There are already apartments built some years ago nearby that are marketed to students.
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