With universities across the nation dealing with the rising population of students, the space to house these incoming students always becomes a problem. The goal of each university is to expand its roots and tend to as many students as possible while receiving a constant income, but at the same time I feel as though they don’t understand the negative impacts this has on the university and the surrounding area. Along with the increase in student population each year, tuition rises to accommodate these new students for the services and space that the university provides. Rutgers University is a good example of a university with constant expansion and increase in student population. Being located in a congested city like New Brunswick, it is hard to expand with the limited space that is available.
With the recent construction of the best dorms on Busch campus and the new Livingston apartments on Livingston campus, the university has talked about a proposed project on college avenue campus where a residence hall, parking deck and academic building will be built and completed by fall of 2016. Though it is not approved yet, the projects that will be built include; a honors residence hall that includes a 500-bed capacity, an academic building that will have a total area of 150,000 square feet and an apartment style residence hall and parking deck that will house others to live on the college avenue campus. The location of the project will be a five-acre section of land on George st. between seminary place and bishop place, as well as the parking lot that is currently home to the infamous grease trucks. Tony Calcado, the vice president of the university facilities and capital planning explains the project by saying;
“It allows us to build a state-of-the-art academic building, to purchase the New Brunswick Theological Seminary property, thereby unifying our campus, and to add a true honors college, further enabling us to attract New Jersey’s best and brightest,”
The school will be partnering with the city to help pay for the project cost, which is estimated to be around $295 million. The money will be financed over a 30 year period through student residential and dining fees along with New Jersey state tax credits.
As a 5th year student and 3rd year employee at Rutgers University, i have seen firsthand the environment and activity that takes place throughout Rutgers on a day to day basis. I have experienced the way transportation, college atmosphere, student activity and density of students that have an affect on everyday college life. I can tell where the most densely crowded areas and times of day where there is congestion and traffic and yet there is space for our university to expand. If this project is built, there will be a extravagant increase in the amount of traffic and congestion on the college avenue campus, as well as the transportation going to and from other campuses. The scott hall bus stop located right in front of the future project construction, is one of the most crowded and dangerous areas at school for pedestrians crossing the road and trying to get on the bus. If this proposed project is approved, with the large amount of students that will be living in the new residence halls, it will potentially increase the congestion and possible danger in the area. I believe that the university has lost its sense of judgement in space and the expansion of its students and this is why i feel that this proposed projected should be reviewed and re-orchestrate.