A student walks past a Cardinal logo on the University of Louisville campus. | Photo by Olivia Krauth

The University of Louisville is hoping to build a new residence hall in time for the 2021-22 school year, according to a public request for proposal.

The RFP, posted mid-February, seeks a company to build and manage a hall close to the Belknap campus. It doesn’t specify an exact location but asks that the five- or six-story building be in the vicinity of the dining hall, student recreation center and other housing situated between Third and Fourth streets.

Similar to other new on-campus and affiliated housing options, the potential hall would feature suite-style rooms, an entertainment room and study spaces.

UofL’s RFP notes the building will mainly house honors students and will include honors offices and classrooms.

The contractor will have to provide at least 600 parking spots, according to the RFP. UofL says it is “highly desirable” for a parking structure to be at one of two university-owned parking lots: One on Cardinal Boulevard, one at Third Street and Brandeis Avenue.

New retail space also would be a part of the deal, likely at the base of the parking structure. Citing student requests, UofL asks potential hall managers to offer a national chain restaurant “in close proximity” to the hall. The surrounding area already has multiple restaurants across two strip areas, both of which have vacant storefronts.

The hall would be the first housing option physically built on campus since University Pointe opened in 2016.

Meanwhile, affiliated housing — privately operated properties near campus — has been slowing after a boom over the past few years. The newest complex — a 10-story “luxury” option called The Marshall — broke ground in October and should be completed by 2020.

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Olivia Krauth
Krauth reports on education in Louisville, including JCPS, the University of Louisville and state policy.Before joining Insider Louisville, she covered technology and business as a reporter at TechRepublic. She also spent time on the data team at the Austin American-Statesman in Texas as a Dow Jones intern.Krauth graduated from UofL, where she was an award-winning editor of The Louisville Cardinal and obtained a degree in investigative journalism with a minor in Russian studies.Email Olivia at [email protected]