OU’s South Green To Transform In Coming Years

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Newly unveiled development plans mean Ohio University's South Green will undergo some major changes in the next decade.

The Division of Student Affairs is presenting its Housing Development Plan over the next several weeks.

The first presentation was held Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Baker University Center's Atrium Lounge on the third floor.

They will next present their plan to the Board of Trustees on Feb. 7 in Chillicothe.

The development plan builds on the 2006 Campus Master Plan and 2012 Housing Master Plan Update.

The Division of Student Affairs said the plan is divided into three phases:

Phase 1 involves building four new residence halls on the former Wolfe Street Apartments and adjacent lots site. The new residence halls are expected to open in the fall of 2015.

Phase 2 also involves the construction of four new residence halls next to the Front Four on South Green. The design creates courtyard spaces between the new halls.

Phase 3 includes the construction of two new residence halls on the current Morton Hall parking lot.

Lost parking will be replaced on a 1:1 ratio.

"The housing development plan meets a number of key principles, the most important being that it provides many opportunities for academic support and collaboration for our living-learning communities," said Ryan Lombardi, vice president of Student Affairs. "This is accomplished through a variey of programming spaces, classrooms, shared offices with faculty and student services, a learning commons and faculty apartments."

The plan is the result of a collaborative effort led by Ohio University's Division of Student Affairs, Facilities Planning, with URS Corp. and Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company.

The plan is funded by Residential Housing.