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April 17, 2003

City planning okays dorms

Last week, Pitt jumped another hurdle to expanding its on-campus undergraduate residence halls capacity, when the Pittsburgh City Planning Commission approved the University’s request to build new dorms on the upper campus.

According to the city planning department’s Bob Reppe, the commission approved Pitt’s proposal, which now goes to City Council for a vote.

“The commission granted approval [April 8] of both the conditional use permit that is required for building dorms and the University’s revised Master Facilities Plan,” Reppe said. The project will move to City Council within a few months, and, following that approval, Pitt will present design and construction plans for individual buildings to the planning commission, he said.

Pitt hopes to build five undergraduate residence halls on the upper campus east of the Petersen Events Center on and near University Drive. The five dormitories will be between 3 and 9 stories high, providing a total of about 1,000 beds, which will increase Pitt’s on-campus capacity to about 7,000 beds. The project calls for opening at least some of the dorms by fall 2004.

—Peter Hart

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