The University of Indianapolis has broken ground on what will be the largest building on its campus, hoping the new student housing complex will lead to development in the surrounding neighborhood.
Greyhound Village will house 480 UIndy students, dwarfing the capacity of the 1950’s era apartment complex on the site now. It will bring a few hundred students back on the south side campus.
UIndy president Robert Manuel says more student density will spur development along Shelby Street, one of the school’s boundaries. "Everything we’re doing in our development plan helps the university, helps our academic opportunities for our students, but also offers the community benefit as well," he said.
Manuel says the new development should connect the campus with the nearby Garfield Park and Fountain Square neighborhood.
"Go back and look 10 years ago, they’re very changed places. Now that we’ve all developed nicely, we’re trying to connect that so that the distance between us doesn’t seem as far and that will draw a lot more people down," Manuel said.
UIndy has been expanding as part of its strategic plan. Construction is underway on a handful of buildings, including a new health sciences complex.
The private university has about 5,500 students.