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Trinity Purchases City Vista Apartments

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
City Vista Apartment complex

The acquisition accelerates the University's Campus Master Planning

by Sharon Jones Schweitzer '75

Trinity University announced today the purchase of the City Vista Apartment complex at the corner of Hildebrand and Devine, 655 E. Hildebrand. City Vista Apartments is a 141-unit complex with a 340-space parking garage. The purchase of the nearby apartment complex accelerates the University's plan to add apartment-style living to its student residential housing options.

Built by the Koontz Corporation in 2015, the property is located at the northern edge of the Trinity University campus. "The property has exciting potential as student residential housing. It provides new living opportunities for juniors and seniors seeking greater independence and privacy, while maintaining the benefits of our residential campus experience," Trinity President Danny Anderson said.

Trinity University annually enrolls approximately 2,400 undergraduate and 200 graduate students. As a residential campus, Trinity requires undergraduate students to live on campus for three years. The residential experience is central to the University's transformative, educational mission. Trinity houses approximately 1,800 students in its campus residence halls. A recent Trinity University housing study reveals that new housing options will be important to attract and retain students. Juniors and seniors seek options such as private rooms as well as apartment-style living. "City Vista Apartments immediately broaden housing options for juniors and seniors and possibly graduate students. This purchase moves Trinity into the future we are planning," Anderson said.

Trinity will maintain the current leases and immediately begin the transition process so that City Vista Apartments will operate as student housing for Fall 2017.

At one time in the mid-twentieth century, Trinity University owned this parcel known as the "triangle property." Subsequent multiple changes in ownership and deed restrictions on the property allowed Trinity to the "right of first offer" if the property were to be sold again. "Opportunity knocked and Trinity answered, bringing full circle the ownership of the ‘triangle property,'" Anderson said.

Sharon Jones Schweitzer is assistant vice president for External Relations. You can follow her @sjschweitzer.