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BURLINGTON, Vt. (Aug. 14, 2018) -- Champlain College has completed its $36 million downtown student housing project in anticipation of more than 300 students moving in later this week for the start of the 2018-2019 academic year.
The building, known as 194 St. Paul Street, was designed to provide housing for upper-class undergraduate students looking to live in suite-style apartment accommodations. The mixed-use, six-level complex contains 105 apartments for 314 Champlain students. Along St. Paul Street, there is also approximately 4,400 square feet of street-level retail space and 53 covered parking spaces available to the public and accessible from King Street and Maple Street.
The project, located downtown on the site of the former Eagles Club and Browns Court parking lot, is located on St. Paul Street between King and Maple. Work began on the project in January 2017.
Officials from the College and City of Burlington gathered at the entrance of the new building on Tuesday morning to celebrate the completion of the project first conceived in 2008.
"194 St. Paul Street has many benefits for both Champlain College and the City of Burlington," said Donald J. Laackman, president of Champlain College. "The project is an important milestone towards Champlain's long-term goal, as outlined in our 2007 Master Plan developed with the community, to house 90% our students on campus or in College-managed facilities. The 194 St. Paul Street project helps relieve some pressure on the tight Burlington housing market and decreases the number of students living in non-College-affiliated apartments in neighborhoods adjacent to the campus."
"Champlain is managing the property, with on-site area coordinators and residential assistants, enabling us to maintain standards consistent with our student housing on campus," Laackman added. "It delivers on a living experience for our students that complements our high quality academic offerings."
The project was first proposed in 2008 and went through many phases of city and community input and agreements over the years resulting in the final design to make it compatible with the character of the neighborhood.
Designed with student needs in mind, the complex offers on-site activity lounges, laundry facilities, exercise rooms and bike storage and is consistent with Champlain's philosophy on providing housing options that meet students' needs as they transition to adult life. First-year students are placed into on-campus residence halls and will not be living at 194 St. Paul Street, officials said.
Students will move into the new apartments beginning Friday, August 17, ahead of the full-campus move-in for first-year undergraduate students on Thursday, August 23. During the move-in, the building's parking spaces will be closed to the public.
One of the retail partners for the complex has been announced — Perky Planet, a coffee shop designed to provide meaningful, competitively paid jobs for adults with disabilities on the corner of King and St. Paul Streets. Negotiations are still in the works for the remaining retail space.
There will also be 53 parking spaces controlled by the City available to the general public available at the same rate for street parking using a kiosk payment system.
The College has used many historical photos from its Special Collections and the University of Vermont's archives to create large-scale graphics for the lobbies and common areas of the building. The reproduction artwork on display provides a visual link to the history of the local community.
H.P. Cummings Construction is the construction manager for the project and most recently worked with Champlain College to build the Center for Communication and Creative Media that opened in August 2015. The architect is Gardner Kilcoyne Architects of Williston.
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit champlain.edu.