New student housing features garden apartments, pool, theater


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – “It’s nothing like the student housing I lived in when I was in college,” University of Louisville President James Ramsey said today at the ribbon-cutting opening of The Province, a student housing complex near the Belknap Campus. The first phase of The Province features 366 units, a community swimming pool, sand volleyball court and central clubhouse with a theater.

    The new development is the result of a public-private partnership between UofL and the Edwards Cos. An affiliate of Edwards Cos. called Edwards Communities will own, manage and maintain the property, which is affiliated with the UofL campus. The 43-acre site is in the Park Hill neighborhood just north of UofL’s main campus. The land was an abandoned industrial site once occupied by American Standard, a manufacturer of bathroom and kitchen fixtures.

    The Province is considered UofL’s first “college town” community with a goal of building more student housing in a neighborhood-type setting. Ramsey called the opening of The Province “another step in our continuing effort to improve the quality of our on-campus student life. Inviting residential communities like this should also help us meet our goals of retaining and graduating more students.”

    The Edwards Cos. have built similar luxury housing complexes at other colleges and universities across the country. President Pete Edwards said students will like The Province because it’s close to campus as well as downtown Louisville. He said 94 percent of the units have been rented

    The Province will house up to 858 people in one- to four-bedroom apartments. That brings the total number of beds on campus or in affiliated housing to 3,780 and the percentage of students living on campus or in affiliated housing to 24 percent, up from 9 percent in 1998.

    For more information, call Tom Jackson, vice president for student affairs, at 502-852-6933.

    Mark Hebert
    Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.