By SARAH LEWIS, Editor-in-Chief
The housing for University of Michigan-Dearborn students, The Union, was officially presented at the Ribbon Cutting ceremony Wednesday, August 21 with tours of the new facility following.
Campus housing plans were officially revealed last September and groundbreaking followed shortly thereafter with construction being completed by Urban Campus Communities (UCC). The Union, located across from the main campus on Town Center Drive, will be equipped to house approximately 500 students.
The Union includes a student lounge, theater, fitness center, food facilities, and other amenities.
Speakers at Wednesday’s ceremony were Larry Winokur, managing partner of UCC; Mayor John B. O’Reilly; Chancellor Dan Little; Donna Inch of Ford Motor Land; Michael Fezzey of Huntington National Bank; and Student Government President Wedad Ibrahim.
“Everyone was in awe of the space,” Ibrahim began. “It is absolutely beautiful. The excitement was all because of the prospects the space holds for students to utilize – be it studying, group work, working out, and programming events.”
“The event was filled with such important individuals but the students are the focus when it comes to this space and the new housing, so to be able to speak on behalf of the people who this space is dedicated to was truly impacting,” Ibrahim said.
UM-D graduate and current State Representative David Knezek was among those present at the event.
“It’s great to be back to my alma mater to celebrate this giant leap forward for UM-Dearborn,” Knezek said. “By offering on-campus housing and new student life options, the university is reaffirming its commitment to building an inclusive campus community while strategically positioning itself to increase student enrollment in an increasingly competitive higher education market.”