Spartan Village Expansion


Maryam Mohamed
  Staff Writer

On West Gate City Boulevard, UNCG is currently undergoing a vast expansion of Spartan Village.

Expected to open prior to the 2017 fall semester, the project will contain two new residence halls and 26,000 square feet of retail space, costing roughly $50.9 million to complete. All establishments will be locally owned and operated.

“It’s a way to bring the neighborhood and the student population together successfully,” Durham office senior associate Eric Schoenagel said. “We want to be a good neighbor with this project.”

The new complex will be located in between the new Kaplan Wellness center and the original Spartan Village. Walkways will be available behind both dorms in order to connect them to the Kaplan Wellness center and the original Spartan Village that contains 870 bed dorms.

In addition to this, the new Spartan Village will have a parking lot located to the south of McCormick Street and a pedestrian plaza along Glenwood Avenue.

The new dormitories will provide over 330 more beds to campus housing, which is a huge benefit to the university. Each fall, university officials state that residence halls frequently exceed maximum capacity.

The new dorms will be apartment-style, meaning that each student will have their own bedroom but share a suite style bedroom and bathroom. They will be built with bricks and cement, with glass detailing.

Approved in late February by the UNCG Board of Trustees, the project is meant to resemble the previous Spartan Village buildings.

“It’s creating a critical mass of students along West Gate City Boulevard,” said Jorge Quintal, UNCG’s associate vice chancellor for facilities.

When completed, Spartan Village will house about 1,200 UNCG students.

“We feel pretty good about it even though we haven’t broken ground yet,” UNCG Executive Director of Campus Enterprises Scott Milman said.

Kathy Collins, MSU director of Residence Education and Housing Services, stated that a survey of current Spartan Village residents displayed that they wished they were closer to campus.

“They will be getting their wish and we can’t wait to see this project become reality,” Collins said. “We are really excited about making this a campus landmark. It really speaks to the themes of building a community on campus.”

Timothy Johnson, director of Housing & Residence Life stated that various people, besides UNCG students would also benefit from the construction of this vicinity.

“The retail component of Phase II will serve not only UNCG students, but also the Glenwood neighborhood and greater Greensboro community,” Timothy Johnson.

The retail space located on the ground level will include:

  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe
  • Pita Delite
  • Recycles Bike Shop
  • Homeslice Pizza and Subs
  • A grocery store concept by the owners of Bestway Grocery
  • The Den, a new diner concept by Denny’s

“The amount of retail in this residential community is unique,” said Jorge Quintal, associate vice chancellor for facilities. “This is the long-awaited mixed-use component of Spartan Village.”

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