Investors build student apartments
By Michaela Branagan
photo courtesy of UW Fox.
Interior view of the Fox Village student housing.
UW-Fox is introducing student housing after years of increased interest from students and parents.
The Fox Village, located at 1284 Midway Road, will provide students with convenient, affordable housing.
Phase 1 of the project is an apartment building containing 61 beds with four beds per unit.
Other components will be added based on its success.
“[Fox students] will have easy access to different things within the campus realm as well as things in the community,” assistant campus dean for student services Carla Rabe said. “It’s a win situation for everyone involved, especially the students.”
Leasing terms start August of this year and go through May 2013. Tenants will “rent by the bed”, paying $450 per month or $2,250 per semester, plus utilities.
Private investors will provide funding for the project. One such investor is Neenah family and Fox alumni, the Fisks.
“[The Fisk family] are sort of the property developers, so they’ve been working to find the right property, the right building design and the right economic plan for this development,” assistant campus dean for administrative services James Eagon said.
photo courtesy of UW Fox.
Construction workers excavate the site of the
Fox Village Apartments debuting this fall.
Best Management Onward Campus (BMOC), a Madison-area corporation, will contribute to the project.
They have identified an appropriate business model, and will provide the personnel to manage the building.
The property will be staffed with a manager and maintenance workers. Some students will also be trained as Community Assistants (CAs) and Resident Assistants (RAs).
“If you look at a lot of the two-year schools and four-year schools in the state, they have housing,” CPM-CEO of BMOC William J. Levy, said. “I think it’s a pretty important piece of what was missing from a full college experience at UW-Fox Valley.”
The Fox Village was designed to accommodate student interests with a modern design. “There will be more to this than just a dumb old apartment building,” Eagon said.
Each unit will be fully furnished, with an open-concept kitchen, two bathrooms, storage space, basic cable, a high efficiency individual furnace and water heater, dishwasher, microwave and a 32” television in each living room.
Energy efficiency was a key factor in the building’s design.
“Everything we’re putting in will be energy friendly…not only does it affect the impact to the environment, but it also affects the students’ impact on cost,” Levy said.
A common area will provide students with a game room and study lounge with a fireplace.
Other on-site amenities include parking for residents, laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi service.
“I think the students are going to embrace it. UW-Fox Valley is an amazing school,” Levy said.
Seth Boyte, a representative from BMOC, confirmed that students have already begun submitting leasing applications for The Fox Village.
“There seems to be some real great interest in students living on campus, so it’s taking off extremely well, better than we thought,” Levy said.
Investors and faculty members are hopeful that The Fox Village will attract students who are unable to commute UW-Fox, such as students from distant cities and international students.
“For those students, what persuaded them to go elsewhere has in part been the living opportunities,” Eagon said. “We got a call from a high school counselor saying ‘This is great, this is what our students are looking for.’”
Confirmation of enrollment at UW-Fox is required for applicants.
Leasing applications can be downloaded on the Fox Village’s website, as well as a roommate profile and matching form.
For more information about the ongoing project, please visit The Fox Village Website.