The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees agreed Friday to spend $294,200 to hire an architectural and engineering firm to draw up plans for Greek Village, a proposed, multimillion-dollar housing development.
“The only way to give the Board [of Trustees] the best numbers is to have someone on the ground,” President Tom Courtway said.
The move is a first step toward building a major housing development — estimated to cost up to $18 million — to house fraternity and sorority members. Greek Village would go up on about 12.5 acres at the corner of Dave Ward Drive and Farris Road and could add about 350 beds at UCA. That would help relieve housing needs as the university continues to grow, officials said previously.
On Friday, the board agreed to hire Caradine Companies Architecture out of Little Rock. The company will provide professional architectural design and engineering services, according to documents presented at the meeting. The company will produce reproductions, geotechnical and surveying, engineering services and courier services and postage,