New Dorm Could Provide Unique Services to UF Students
GAINESVILLE - A new dorm hasn't been built on the the University of Florida's campus since 2002, but now a $25 million dorm is in the approval process.
Florida has around 600 students on its waiting list for campus housing, and the new dorm would house 255 - cutting that list by almost half.
But there's an innovative part of the dorm that could attract students who are not able to live on campus, or worse not able to go to school there at all.
If approved, it would be one of a kind at UF.
Sharon Blansett from the UF Housing Department says this dorm would help accomodate those with severe physical disabilities.
She says the university houses students with disabilities all over campus, but this new dorm would cater to those with the most extremem impairements.
We spoke to one student with a physical disability who says he is looking forward to the new dorm, because then he wouldn't have to commute back and forth from campus.
It's a simple wish, but one that may become a reality.
The next step for the dorm is approval by the board of governors.
If approved, it would be built between 13th Street and the existing Yulee Hall on campus - the location convenient because it is right next to the Disabilty Resource Center.
The first floor would house the specialized rooms for students with disabilities.
There would even be a kitchen where students can learn life skills.
The dorm is also open to the rest of the student population, with those specialized rooms capping out tentatively at 35.
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