By Kristin Zagurski
A decision made at the NU Board of Regents meeting Saturday, Jan. 19, helped lay the foundation for new residence halls at UNO.
The regents approved leasing 12 acres on the South Campus to the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, which will construct and operate new residence halls on the property.
The new dorm area will be known as “Scott Village,” and will consist of 10 48-person capacity buildings. Each three-story building will consist of twelve four-person suites, similar to the dorms already at UNO.
The residence halls will have priority for assignment of non-Information Science Technology and Engineering students over other residence halls except for those at University Village.
A portion of the dorms will be available for occupancy for the fall 2003 semester, with the remainder being completed by early 2004.
The cost of construction for the facilities is currently estimated between $12.5 and $15 million, and will be financed through the issuing of tax-exempt revenue bonds.