Cardinal Court project advances through demolition work
The campus landscape has changed markedly with the demolition of Cardinal Court.
Built in the 1950s to house students with families, the units were no longer adequate. The University opted to make way for a public-private housing initiative, which will open in August 2012 just northwest of campus.
“This is an important first for Illinois State University as we create new partnerships to continue to provide attractive, modern and cost-effective living spaces for our students,” President Al Bowman said.
University staff will manage the new complex, which will include indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, and spaces for studying and gathering. The 800-bed complex will have apartment-style units with several different layouts and varied rental structures.
In addition to ample parking, the complex will also be served by Redbird Express, Illinois State’s bus transportation system. Students will have access to the main campus via an enhanced pedestrian walkway with lighting, seating areas, and emergency call boxes.