EdR Collegiate Housing, a student housing specialist, and Cornell University have broken ground on new housing for the Ithaca, N.Y., university’s graduate and professional students. The project, called the Maplewood Graduate and Professional Student Housing, will feature 872 beds in 441 units.
When opened in August 2018, the 17-acre community will offer a mix of townhouses and apartment buildings. The development is replacing the former Maplewood Apartments, built in 1989 and razed recently. The former property had 360 beds, so the new development will nearly triple the number of residents on the site, allowing students to live in a walkable neighborhood near the university.
According to the developer, the property is designed to meet the needs of graduate students, which somewhat different from those of undergraduates. Common amenities include open outdoor space, a playground for children, a community center, study areas and robust Wi-Fi throughout the property.
The buildings’ sustainability features include all-electric utilities, the purchase of 100 percent renewable energy, on-site storm management and Energy Star certification. Rent will be about $914 per person, including utilities.
“Having access to affordable, sustainable housing near the campus is vital to student success,” said Cornell president Martha E. Pollack at the recent groundbreaking event. “As a newcomer, I’ve been learning about the extent of the affordable housing challenge in Ithaca and the surrounding area. This project will help to mitigate the problem.”