The Union at Dearborn celebrates grand opening of model room

November 14, 2012

The Union at Dearborn Sabbir Noor and Ashraf Bakth complete paperwork, while Christine Ceci and Chris Debs check out some of the features of The Union at Dearborn.

Students got their first look at living arrangements at The Union at Dearborn during Asset Campus Housing’s grand opening event Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Asset Campus Housing unveiled a model room located within University of Michigan-Dearborn’s University Center where students can learn more about the housing option, meet the staff and sign leases. The model room, #2194 UC, now will serve as a temporary leasing office Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

With The Union at Dearborn scheduled to open Fall 2013, committees across campus are working together to share information about the development and to begin planning for the space.

Below, please find the most current information about The Union at Dearborn.

What is The Union at Dearborn?
The Union at Dearborn is a privately owned development offering housing to students at University of Michigan-Dearborn. The smoke-free facility will house 145 apartments—including one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units—and a total of 505 beds.

Who owns the development?
The Union at Dearborn is owned by Urban Campus Communities (UCC). Asset Campus Housing will manage the facility. It is not owned or operated by UM-Dearborn.

Where is it located?
The development is located at 760 and 780 Town Center Drive, directly across Evergreen Road from the university campus.

Will the university have a presence within the buildings?
Yes, UM-Dearborn will lease 15,000 square feet of space in the facility. The space will include individual and group study areas, a cabaret-style theater, gathering space for up to 300 people and university offices.

Are students involved in the project implementation?
Yes. Currently, Student Government is running a contest to name the space that the university will lease. Campus committees have been formed with equal numbers of students, staff and faculty members. Committees include:

  • Executive, chaired by Stanley E. Henderson, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student life;
  • Steering, chaired by Henderson, with subcommittees for:
    • Communications/Marketing, chaired by Beth Marmarelli, associate director of communications and marketing, and Christopher Tremblay, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management;
    • Programming, chaired by Ann Lampkin-Williams, assistant to the chancellor for inclusion; and
    • Physical Space/Policies/Business Issues, chaired by Kris Day, interim director of University Center operations, and Carol Glick, executive director for facilities operations.

What are the leasing rates?
Monthly rates are competitively set between $645 and $775 per person. Rent includes furniture, utilities, Internet and cable TV. The development will include public laundry on each floor and a fitness facility for residents.

Will financial aid cover the cost of living at The Union at Dearborn?
UM-Dearborn offers a financial aid budget for students not living at home (see below). An amount of $7,000 is currently allocated for Room and Board.  This estimated financial aid budget will be reviewed and updated for the 2013-2014 aid year. After subtracting scholarships, grants and loans from tuition/fees bill, if there are funds leftover, it may be used toward room costs at The Union at Dearborn, or other expenses like food, transportation, and miscellaneous.

The Union at Dearborn, tuition costs, resident costs, non-resident costs

Will there be food available in the facility?
The university has sent out an RFP for food service to seek options for enhanced on-campus food choices for students at The Union at Dearborn and throughout campus.

How will students get from The Union to the university?
UM-Dearborn is working with UCC and Wayne County on the installation of a pedestrian-activated stoplight on Evergreen Road, just south of the central entrance. The university also is working to create a pedestrian path that will connect at the Evergreen Road crosswalk and safely lead pedestrians onto central campus.

Additionally, the campus shuttle will include a stop outside of The Union.

What reaction have students had to the news?
Asset Campus reports extremely high interest based on their history with other facilities. As of Nov. 12, Asset Campus had received 277 applications and 266 requests for more information.

Who is eligible to live at The Union?
All UM-Dearborn students are eligible to live at The Union. Residency within The Union will be a mix of returning, new freshmen and transfer students, including undergraduate and graduate students.

It may be more difficult for international students to rent in The Union because international students must apply for a VISA before being admitted at UM-Dearborn. Based on timing, rooms may be rented before international students are admitted. However, the university will continue to use Fairlane Woods and Fairlane Meadows for international student housing.

The university currently is reviewing procedures for graduate students and other special room requests.

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