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The Union at Dearborn provides housing option for UM-Dearborn students

 

New development planned for fall 2013

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DEARBORN / September 18, 2012---Beginning fall 2013, students at University of Michigan-Dearborn will have a new option for housing - The Union at Dearborn. The $30-million Urban Campus Communities (UCC) development located at 760 and 780 Town Center Drive, directly across Evergreen Road from the university campus, will include apartments for more than 500 students.

The 231,791 square-foot buildings that will be built on the property will be marketed to UM-Dearborn students and will feature space leased by the university for student life activities, including meeting rooms, student gathering spaces, group study rooms, offices for student organizations and a cabaret-style theater.

A public groundbreaking and community celebration will be held on site on Monday, September 24, at 3 p.m.  

“We are excited to be redeveloping this property in Dearborn, in collaboration with UM-Dearborn,” said Larry Winokur, managing member, UCC. “The Union at Dearborn is a great example of how successful public-private collaborations can work to enhance a community and bring new residents into the city.  We are thrilled to be working with great Dearborn community institutions, like UM-Dearborn and Ford Land, to make this happen.”

“Our students have expressed an interest in housing for many years, so we are pleased that this development allows students the opportunity of adjacent housing to enhance their university experience,” said Daniel Little, chancellor, UM-Dearborn. “With the reduction of state funding and our commitment to minimizing tuition increases, this public-private collaboration will allow the university to continue to invest in its academic mission, while transforming the campus experience for all students.  The Union at Dearborn also will provide greater access for students wishing to pursue a Michigan degree in southeastern Michigan.”  

“We are proud to be a part of this effort and to see these buildings being reused to serve both the community and student body,” said Donna Inch, Ford Land chairman and CEO. “The level of teamwork and dedication from everyone involved in this project has been impressive.”

The Union at Dearborn also will bring a newly revived, 24/7 presence to the community, with economic growth expected for the surrounding businesses. “This is such an exciting development for the City of Dearborn,” said Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. “We are thrilled that UM-Dearborn students soon will be able to call Dearborn home throughout the year and we look forward to welcoming them to our community.”

Asset Campus Housing, a leader in the management of student housing facilities nationwide, will manage the property.  Leasing is expected to begin in the coming weeks. Room styles will include fully furnished studios, two, three, and four-bedroom options.  Final lease arrangements and rental rates will be available in the coming weeks.  The facility will feature public laundry on each floor, as well as fitness and collaboration areas. Additional information is available at www.unionatdearborn.com.

UCC finalized the purchase of the property from Ford Land on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. The development is privately owned and operated.  It is not owned or operated by UM-Dearborn.

About Urban Campus Communities

Urban Campus Communities, LLC (UCC) acquires, designs, and constructs attractive, comfortable, affordable student housing that creates a positive impact on the recruitment, retention and education of college students.  UCC provides state of the art housing options for students utilizing modern day footprints that give the students privacy as well as exceptional common spaces that allow quality student-to-student interaction that fosters a strong sense of community.  UCC is also committed to provide high quality student housing management services and programming that will facilitate safe, healthy and educationally beneficial housing for students while giving parents peace of mind.  

About Asset Campus Housing

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ACH is an affiliate of Houston-based Asset Plus Companies, a third party property management firm specializing in real estate services for universities, investors, developers, and owners. Asset Campus Housing manages a student-housing portfolio of 75+ properties, exceeding 43,000 beds located throughout the United States. For additional information, please visit: www.assetcampus.com.

About UM-Dearborn

Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, University of Michigan-Dearborn is a metropolitan university serving southeastern Michigan, committed to excellence rooted in strong academics, innovative research and programming and civic engagement. The University has nearly 9,100 students pursuing more than 100 bachelor's, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business and education.  A top-ranked university with a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of partnering with local leaders and communities, and is committed to finding solutions for the challenges that face the region.

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Contact:

Louie Gramer

Urban Campus Communities

248-613-3069