Advancing further its plan to revamp on-campus housing, the University received approval from the Board of Regents yesterday for the North Quad Residential and Academic Complex, a combination of student housing and academic offices set to open in 2008. The approval comes in spite of protests from some community members and historic preservationists, but with the support of prominent student organizations and neighborhood associations.

The new residence hall would be the first constructed at the University in over 35 years and is a major endeavor under the Residential Life Initiatives — a long-term plan to renovate and modernize on-campus housing at the University.

Under the current project formally approved yesterday by the regents, the architectural firm Einhorn Yaffee Prescott based in New York — which renovated Mason and Haven Halls in 2003 — would develop the $137 million complex where the Frieze Building is currently located.

But in order to accomplish this, the Frieze Building must be completely demolished, including its historic fa

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