University of Illinois at Chicago to create $100M facility

CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois at Chicago is planning to build a $100 million residence hall and academic complex.

The Chicago Tribune reports the Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the university’s proposal for the 10-story building on Tuesday.

The facility will be the university’s first new dorm in more than a decade and comes amid a five-year plan to boost the university’s enrollment. It will include 550 beds, a retail space and an academic wing with classroom and study space.

Vice chancellor for student affairs, J. Rex Tolliver, says the university is aiming to increase and modernize its housing with the facility.

Construction is scheduled to begin in December and expected to last until July 2019.