Lawrence, Kan. — The Opus Group has begun construction on a new three-story student housing community near the University of Kansas. The project will include 120 units accommodating 312 residents as well as 8,200 square feet of retail space. The development is the first in Lawrence to use the new Smart Code portion of the city’s zoning code, requiring the project to incorporate more civic space and encourage less automobile usage. Residents will be able to take public transportation from a bus stop adjacent to the property. A biking and hiking trail from the property will lead directly to campus. Indoor amenities will include a fitness center, spa, clubroom, game room, podcast booth and study spaces. Outdoor amenities will include a terrace area along 23rd Street in front of the retail space for public use, as well as a pool, fire pits, gas grills and fitness area. The project is a joint venture with The McKinney Fund & Co. Construction financing was provided by Central Bank of St. Louis and Central Bank of the Midwest. Completion is set for July 2020.