Butler gives thumbs-up to private student housing project

Exciting news on deck for Butler students next year! 

Last week, the Butler Board of Trustees approved a proposal from a private developer to begin work on new student housing adjacent to the college. 

After working with Grubb & Ellis | Martens Commercial Group in Wichita to solicit requests, Trustees chose Oxbow Development based in Bettendorf, Iowa as the preferred developer.

“This is a milestone moment for Butler so we can address the need for additional student housing on our El Dorado campus,” said Butler President Jackie Vietti. “More important it is a purple letter day for students who want to live on or adjacent to campus, but to date have not been able to do so.”

The new facility will have the capacity to house 192 students at a 10-month lease rate of $475-550 per month, depending upon the choice of the two or four-bedroom lay-out. Oxbow plans to break ground in the next two months.

“To know that the College will have the additional capacity of 192 beds in time for our 2012-13 academic year is absolutely awesome and reflective of the power of a Butler dream — a dream that our Board of Trustees has made come true,” Vietti said.

Learn a little more about the project from The Wichita Business Journal.

6 thoughts on “Butler gives thumbs-up to private student housing project

  1. Zack says:

    Awesome move. The housing is the main reason I couldnt come to butler right out of high school. Have fun and enjoy fellow students

  2. maggie says:

    Why can’t it be dorm roomS? That is what Butler needs!! DORM ROOMS!!

  3. becky says:

    I think that housing is a great change for Butler. I have been going to school here for three years now and I love to see this happen. I hear about many kids having to live of campus because the school does not have enough housing for everyone. This opens up the opportunity for 192 more kids to come and live on campus and interact with others. Who knows now that there will be more rooms available the "pack the gym nights" may really be PACKED!!! I love this idea!!! WELCOME FELLOW STUDENTS!!!

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  5. Shanice says:

    I have heard that these apartments can be paid for with financial aid just like the dorms can. So it wouldn’t be much of a hassle for students to pay for them.

  6. Sarah says:

    It’s disappointing that a COMMUNITY college decided not to use a contractor from the LOCAL COMMUNITY.

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