New dorms for BYU! Provo approves

by | Mar. 25, 2010

News from Utah

As early as the fall semester of 2011, some 744 students could be living in new, apartment-style housing units on the BYU campus.

The Provo Planning Commission Wednesday night approved a university plan to build four new 35-unit dormitories on the former site of Deseret Towers in the northwest area of the campus. The four-story buildings, which will house 210 students each, feature pitched roofs, marking a departure from existing flat-roofed student housing.

David Armond, neighborhood chairman for Provo's Wasatch Neighborhood, which borders the site, said neighbors are pleased with the look of the buildings, although he did express concerns about parking.

"We really like the project. Having any building on BYU that has a pointed roof is a huge improvement in design," he said.

Ray Bernier, director of planning at BYU, told the commissioners that the university was looking for a change.

"We wanted to get more of an academic-residential feel to these facilities," Bernier said.

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