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Main Street Commons was officially dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 16.

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By Abby Rhodes
August 17, 2011

A new academic year begins on the Hilltop with a new housing option for students. The $13 million Main Street Commons apartment complex was officially dedicated Aug. 16 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Bradley University President Joanne Glasser, Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, and Student Body President Tricia Anklan, who will live in the building this year.

“This is a very important project to Bradley University because many of our students prefer upscale, apartment-style living, but want the security and sense of community our other housing options provide,” said Dr. Alan Galsky, vice president for student affairs. 

Main Street Commons resident Kelsey McClellan ’12 lived in a campus-area house with five other students last year, but wanted something a little smaller, quieter and more comfortable for her final year at Bradley. “Plus, all the on-site amenities, like the workout room, hot tub and free tanning were a big attraction,” said McClellan, who will share one of the building’s 80 two-bedroom units with another Bradley student.

Each suite in the five-story structure is fully furnished and includes a flat-screen television, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. Each bedroom has a private bathroom. Also unique to campus-area apartments are the enclosed parking option and a high-end security system. Located just three blocks from the heart of the Hilltop, Main Street Commons is surrounded by campus area restaurants, retailers and service providers.

Greg Colwell ’98, general manager of Main Street Commons, said student and family expectations have changed since he attended Bradley and praised the University’s efforts to meet the growing demand for resort-style living. “Across the nation, student living is going in this direction, offering more of a community experience, not just a cramped living area,” Colwell said.

In addition to the two-bedroom units, the building also includes eight three-bedroom apartments and a handful of bunking options for students interested in cutting costs by sharing a bedroom.

The Champaign and Quad Cities-based development groups backing the project hope to expand the complex to include another three-story building of apartments, a parking lot and a swimming pool.