UCA expansion project in the works

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - This week, it's out with the old in with the new in Conway.

The University of Central Arkansas is tapping into the trend of building communities where people can live, work and play.

When it comes to the main street at the University of Central Arkansas, Donaghey Avenue is it.

"It's growing rapidly."

The University has big plans for this street, from South Boulevard to Bruce Street down to College Avenue.

Morgan Derosa lives on South Boulevard near the University of Central Arkansas. She went to school here and bought a house about five years ago.

"I thought the college was eventually going to grow, and it's happening faster than I thought," said Derosa.

The University recently bought the house next door and tore it down. She says she heard the plan was to turn it into a parking lot.

UCA President Tom Courtway said they've been working on the project for about 18 months. The board hasn't given final approval, but did give a green light for the design phase.

"If the board gives the go ahead, somewhere down the road we gain student housing out of it and we also gain amenities that you have close to a campus whether it's shops, cafes, bookstores."

Construction is already underway for the Greek Village.

"You also want to have things on your campus that draws people. You don't want to have to get in your car to go do something you want it right here."

UCA is adding to the science building and the fitness center. The students are paying a usage fee.

The development of Donaghey will not impact tuition because the money is coming from housing revenues.


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