By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor
The Pittsburgh Planning Commission approved the construction of a new purpose-built, living and learning Campus Advantage student housing complex in the city’s Oakland neighborhood. Construction is set to begin next February and be completed by the fall of 2017.
According to the Pittsburgh Business Times, the new 13-story apartment building on Forbes Avenue will include 138 units and 295 beds at an all-in price of about $1,000 per resident. This amount will cover cable service and utilities in fully furnished apartments geared toward college students. There will also be one story of retail space and two levels of parking.
Designed by Desmone Architects, the approximately $25 million project is a first in Pittsburgh for the Texas-based national student housing company.
The building will be located at 3407 Forbes Avenue, in proximity of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon, and could serve students of both schools. Location however will not be the only benefit for residents living here.
Through the award-winning Students First program, Campus Advantage will seek to provide career and life skills preparation for students, as well as community volunteering opportunities, and webinars on topics such as preparing a resume and building a skill set.
As part of their lease, students here must agree to follow local and community laws and ordinances, including a policy forbidding the use of illegal drugs, and obtain parents’ signatures on an agreement promising to pay the rent and guaranteeing financial obligations for potential property damages.
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