UL expanding student housing

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 18:49:50-04

Construction is underway on a new 600 bed, luxury apartment complex at UL.

The Heritage at Cajun Village is going up at the corner of Johnston and Lewis Streets.
The apartments will house sophomores to graduate students.

Right now, construction crews are taking advantage of the dry weather after a rainy start to the year.

“They’re actually a little ahead of schedule from what they expected. They’re anticipating that we will be able to complete 100% of the units for the first day of the fall semester,” said Scott Hebert, UL director of facility planning and construction.

Hebert says Heritage Park will be the crown jewel of UL student housing.

Each furnished apartment will have a full kitchen and a washer and dryer. Hebert says the complex is similar to other luxury apartments off campus, but the main benefit is students will be on campus.

“We’ve got an in ground pool, we have a gaming room, we have Esports, we’ve got a study hall, we have several patios setup in the middle,” Hebert said.

The first building at the corner of Johnston and Lewis will have retail on the first floor.

“There’s going to be about a 55-hundred square foot retail space. We’re currently talking to several interested parties that want to lease the space, but nothing has been set in stone,” said Hebert.

The University also recently purchased the old Motor City property, a key piece to their master plan. They say this section of property could be a little lagniappe for students on this side of campus.

Hebert said, “It actually allows us to possibly expand the housing complex. In addition, expand some retail or more commercial development associated with it right here.”

The apartment project is roughly $50 million and is financed through a partnership with the private, nonprofit Ragin’ Cajuns Facilities Inc.

To learn more about housing at UL, click here.