Developers recently broke ground on a new housing project designed

especially for WesternU students at Third and Palomares Street, just

south of the Health Professions Building.

The project — called The Helix at University Village — will be

completed by December 2005. The development is being privately built and

operated by Realm Real Estate and Arteco Partners, a Pomona-based firm

that develops specialty housing.

“”We are proud to be part of this special public-private-university

partnership,”” said Jerry Tessier, Arteco’s president. “”This project adds

to Pomona’s existing downtown neighborhood and facilitates the growth of

the university by meeting the strong demand for on-campus student


The project features 100 units (52 two-bedrooms, 24 one-bedrooms and

24 studios) in a four-story building.

Amenities include access-controlled entry, high-speed wireless

internet service and two outdoor courtyards that can accommodate both

quiet study and student events. The building will have a laundry room,

six group study rooms, and a rooftop patio offering views of the San

Gabriel Mountains.

Rents are estimated to be from $600 per month for a studio, $950 per

month for a one bedroom and $1275 per month for a two bedroom (prices

include cable television, internet access, and some utilities).

“”We wanted to give students housing as nice as anything in the

Valley with the convenience of never being more than a five-minute walk

from everything they need on-campus,”” Tessier added.

For more information, visit the Helix’s website at