by Jordan Green

UNCG to begin construction of studen ‘village’ on Lee Street this fall

UNCG officials have the green light to begin construction of a mixed-use “village” that would include 800 beds, along with space for offices and retail, on West Lee Street in the upper tier of the Glenwood neighborhood, following a 9-0 vote of Greensboro City Council on Sept. 13 to approve rezoning.

The university announced in a press release that construction is expected to begin this fall and conclude in time for the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Glenwood residents spoke in favor of the rezoning, but are still negotiating with the university over its plans to build a new student recreation center in the neighborhood. University officials and residents have been engaged in a collaborative process over the past 18 months, according to a UNCG press release.

The university’s expansion south of Lee Street is triggered by its strategic housing plan. UNCG hopes to increase the percentage of students living on campus from 30 percent to 40 percent.

The university has found that “students living on campus during their first semester at UNCG have shown consistently higher rates of persistence compare to their cohorts who lived off-campus,” the press release states.

Career fair scheduled for Wednesday in Greensboro

The Piedmont Triad Chapter National Black MBA Association hosts a career fair and networking reception at the Emerald Event Center, located at 2000 E. Wendover Ave., on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The morning will be devoted to development workshops, while the career fair runs through the afternoon and the reception takes place in the evening. Visit www.triadnbmbaa. org for more information.