Loyola’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to approve the construction of a $47 million residence hall, according to an email from Kana Henning, Loyola’s associate vice president for facilities.
The 145,000 square foot residence hall will be named St. Joseph’s Hall — after a fellow Jesuit university — and will be located on Winthrop Avenue, according to Henning.
St. Joseph’s Hall will house first-year and/or sophomore students, and will offer suite-style living, more lounge space and Jack-and-Jill bathrooms — meaning two dorm rooms are attached by a bathroom, The Phoenix previously reported.
Loyola hasn’t been able to house all its students in previous years as a result of growing first-year class sizes. St. Joseph’s Hall will provide more than 400 beds, The Phoenix previously reported.
“St. Joseph’s Hall will increase our inventory of the appropriate type of housing for our sophomore students; will provide a relief valve for our large freshmen classes who have had to live in triples; and will allow us to house more of our upperclass students who would like to live on campus, but have been forced out due to large numbers of sophomores living in our upperclass housing inventory,” Henning said in a statement emailed to The Phoenix.
De Nobili Hall and San Francisco Hall were the most recent residence halls built at Loyola. The first class of students moved in to both halls in fall 2013, the Phoenix previously reported.
Construction of the building will require the demolition of two buildings — a single family home and a Loyola-owned apartment complex — in the 6300 Block of North Winthrop Avenue, The Phoenix previously reported.
The Edgewater Historical Society has previously opposed the construction of the residence hall because the demolition of the two buildings would decrease the amount of inexpensive housing in Edgewater and cause environmental issues, The Phoenix previously reported.
If the project is approved by the city through the zoning and permit review process, construction will begin February and is set to be completed in August 2020, according to Henning. She said approvals are expected by February.