RISE Announces Construction Starts on Three On-Campus University Housing Projects

July 16, 2015

Valdosta, Georgia – RISE: A Real Estate Company announced today that it has started construction on a 425-bed student residence hall at New Jersey City University, a 599-bed student housing community on the Millersville University campus, as well as a 421-bed mixed-use residence hall on the campus of Western Carolina University. All three projects will be delivered for student occupancy in advance of the Fall 2016 semester.

Formerly known as Ambling University Development Group, the recently rebranded Valdosta, Georgia-based developer broke ground at New Jersey City University (NJCU) in Jersey City, New Jersey on March 17, at Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania on May 11, and most recently at Western Carolina University (WCU) in Cullowhee, North Carolina on June 9.

“These three partnerships exemplify what RISE strives for with each on campus development – distinctive, transformative assets,” said Greg Blais, president of RISE. “Our friends on each of these campuses had tremendous vision that will result in first-class living communities when completed in August 2016; RISE is very proud of our association with each of these three outstanding institutions.”

At NJCU, RISE is greatly expanding the on-campus housing stock with the new residence hall which features a living-learning based designed with community amenities such as music practice rooms and lounges as well as a fitness center, private courtyard, automated convenience store, game room, and SMART classroom; creating an engaging environment desired by the diverse student body of NJCU.

Millersville University Phase III will house 599 students in two buildings connected by specialty 10 and 20-resident Pods units. This project is the third phase of a multi-phase initiative on Millersville University’s campus, and furthers RISE and the university’s vision to replace all on-campus housing with modern, suite-style units. RISE has been a partner with Millersville University since 2012.

The mixed-use housing project at WCU consists of three buildings connected by two towers in a core location of campus. The development will house 421 students and contain 11,945 square feet of retail space which will not only serve the building residents and WCU campus but also the general public

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About RISE: A Real Estate Company

RISE is a leading developer of higher education communities. Formerly known as Ambling University Development Group, the company’s executive team has more than 75 years of combined experience, and the company has developed more than 70 projects in 22 states valued at more than $2.3 billion. RISE stands for Reasonable and Reliable, Inspired and Impactful, Serve and Simplify, Experienced and Empowering. For more information, visit