Student housing complex ‘The Ruckus’ planned for West Campus

Another student housing project is on the way to the West Campus area, continuing the neighborhood’s transformation from a mix of low-slung 1960s- and 1970s-era apartment buildings to an assortment of modern mid- and high-rise towers.

Just west of the University of Texas, the area is one of the preferred spots for off-campus housing – and with zoning changes made a few years ago allowing more density, developers have been looking to cash in on that demand.

The latest project, The Ruckus, will be built at 2502 Nueces St., two blocks from UT. It will feature 45 units with anywhere from two to five bedrooms.

The seven-story building will have about 160 beds, according to its developer, Austin-based Lincoln Ventures.

Construction will begin this summer and is expected to wrap up in August of next year.

“My vision for The Ruckus is to be disruptive and trend-setting in the student-housing industry,” said David Kanne, president of Lincoln Ventures. “We want to create a unique living experience for college students, unlike what is typically offered by other institutional developments. We want The Ruckus to have attitude and reflect the personality of today’s students.”

Amenities at The Ruckus will include a fitness center, cyber café, coffee bar, gaming area, study lounges, conference rooms and an around-the-clock concierge.

Some units will offer views of the UT campus and downtown Austin, Lincoln Ventures said.

“I want this development to be both high quality and fun for students,” Kanne said.

Other projects in the works in the West Campus area include University House at the northwest corner of West 21st and San Antonio streets. The 20-story tower, which is due to open this summer, was built on land that had been home to the University Lutheran Student Center since 1971.

It will have 188 apartments with a total of 504 beds.

The Corner at West Campus, 2504 San Gabriel St., is also set to open in time for the fall semester. The eight-story building, which also includes two stories of underground parking, will have 62 apartments with anywhere from one to five bedrooms, giving it a total of 207 beds.

Meanwhile, construction on the 22-story Skyloft at 507 W. 23rd St. will begin soon. It will feature 212 units with a total of 677 beds, and is expected to open in summer 2018.

Combined, the four projects – The Ruckus, University House, The Corner at West Campus and Skyloft – will add more than 1,500 beds to West Campus.

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