Indiana– Purdue University is pursuing a public-private partnership (P3) for student housing. The request for proposals (RFP) issued earlier this month details plans to add 1,100 beds without demolishing any existing housing facilities on campus. The residence hall at Fourth and Russell will be approximately 500 beds and the residence hall south of Meredith will be approximately 600 beds.
The private partner will develop, design, build, finance, operate and maintain the six-story dorms needed for undergraduates at the West Lafayette campus. The university intends to have the project completed by the 2020-2021 school year. The administration decided on a P3 to cut down on the projects expected timeline. Bids are due by April 20.
Utah– If the Park City Golf Course is reduced from 18 holes to 9 holes, a public-private partnership could be beneficial to add housing on the closed portion of the course. The land at the municipal golf course is connected to the transit system and a development with so-called tiny houses could be considered on the southern portion of the golf course.
The city council will be the governmental body to authorize city hall staffers to pursue a project and the city’s planning commission will be the panel to consider such an application, hold hearings and weigh a proposal against the municipal government’s planning and zoning rules. A city hall-hired consultant in 2013 drafted a report that pointed to the municipal golf course as it discussed housing options. The report indicated there was enough land on the municipal course for up to 450 homes.
Kentucky– The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet approved $125 million for five Kentucky tourism destinations. The funding, which is pending approval by the Kentucky General Assembly, would be used to create public-private partnerships (P3) for the attractions. The projects include constructing a lodge or resort facility at Yatesville Lake, constructing or renovating the lodge facilities at Natural Bridge, constructing Agri-Plex at the Kentucky Exposition Center, constructing the Gate One Hotel at the Kentucky Exposition Center and constructing a hotel development at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
Last year, the Cabinet received an unsolicited proposal for the Yatesville project which trigged public comment and a competitive process. Kentucky’s 49 state parks alone need more than $240 million in improvements, but state funding alone is currently not available to make the parks more of a draw for tourists and Kentucky residents.
Florida– Advocates for Florida A&M University gathered for ‘FAMU Day’ at the Capitol to solicit support for the 130-year-old institution of higher learning. Administrators from the university spoke about the increase in enrollment and how student housing has reached its capacity. To accommodate the growing population, the school plans to solicit for a public-private partnership (P3) to design, build and finance a 700-bed residence hall on campus in the next two years.
The addition of a new residence hall is just one of several construction projects the campus has planned. Other priorities include $7.5 million in technological improvements, $1.2 million for improvements to the Brooksville Agricultural and Environmental Research Station and $6.2 million for the College of Engineering.