Greensboro, NC - The University of North Carolina Greensboro's (UNCG) expansion onto Lee Street has begun with the construction of an 800 bed residence hall for students, and this is just the beginning of the $200 million dollar project on Lee Street.
The new construction will be a mixed-use development, with space for retail and restaurants, along with student residence halls and a new student recreation center.
Tuesday night, UNCG will host a public input meeting for the design of the new student recreation center.
The meeting will take place at the Terrace Room at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
The university's expansion into the West Lee Street Corridor was triggered by UNCG's strategic housing plan, which calls for the university to increase the percentage of undergraduates living in university housing from 30 percent to more than 40 percent over the next decade.
Students living on campus during their first semester at UNCG have shown consistent higher rates of persistence when compared to their cohorts who lived off-campus.
In addition to providing room for UNCG's growth, the expansion also syncs with Greensboro's revitalization plan for the High Point Road/West Lee Street corridor, a main entry point and thoroughfare in the city.
The project will also spur economic development in the area. Projections estimate the development will generate more than $590 million in new spending between 2014 and 2023, create 945 new jobs and boost local property revenues by $7.5 million.