On-campus student-housing units to double
by mid-June

UT Southwestern's student-housing complex will nearly double in size by mid-June.

The Southwestern Medical Park Apartments, located at 6401 Maple Avenue, became the first campus housing accommodation in the history of UT Southwestern when it opened in August 2001. Since then, the 156 units that comprise the property's first phase have maintained 100 percent occupancy, said Gary Corkill, who manages the complex.

"Typically, our waiting list starts in September for May and June move-ins for the following school year," Mr. Corkill said.

Last year, some potential residents were turned away because the demand exceeded the number of units available.

The first building of the Phase II construction was scheduled to open May 1. By mid-June, 126 new units are expected to be complete and ready to lease. About 80 percent of the new units are pre-leased, Mr. Corkill said.

With the completion of Phase II, the complex will have a total of 282 dwellings. That includes 162 one-bedroom units and 120 two-bedroom units. The second phase also includes an additional one-bedroom floor plan that was not previously available. This smaller unit will start at $700 per month. Larger one-bedroom floor plans start at $735. Two-bedroom units start at $1,050 per month.

All units include full-size washers and dryers, basic cable and monitored intrusion alarms. The apartments also feature ceiling fans in every room, built-in microwaves and frost-free refrigerators. Shuttle service is provided from the apartments to the campus.

"The success of the Southwestern Medical Park Apartments results from planning that involved students, faculty and administrators," said Bob Turner, director of Auxiliary Enterprises at UT Southwestern. "The goal was to have a safe, attractive, convenient, high-quality and attractive community. Obviously that goal was met, as demonstrated by its popularity."

Development of campus housing was envisioned years ago by faculty members such as Dr. John Perkins, the late dean of the graduate school; Dr. Michael Brown, director of the Erik Jonsson Center for Research in Molecular Genetics and Human Disease; Dr. Joe Goldstein, chairman of molecular genetics; and Dr. Steven Mc Knight, chairman of biochemistry, Mr. Turner said. They believed the apartments would be an important complement to the university that would help draw quality students, he said.

"Dr. Perkins would smile to see how that dream became the reality that it is today," Mr. Turner said.

Known to students as "Med Park," the apartments feature a 24-hour on-site study center, as well as a club room, fitness center, pool, cabana, outdoor gas grills, and a greenbelt with a gazebo, picnic tables, park benches and fountain. The complex is surrounded by security fencing and has a 24-hour guard at the entry booth. Another recently added feature allows students wireless Internet access in outdoor leisure areas for a monthly fee.

The apartments are available to UT Southwestern students, clinical and research trainees and junior faculty members. For more information about the apartments, call 214-956-9300.


Rachel Horton