The University of Dubuque has gotten the go-ahead to begin a series of projects on the southern end of its campus. The Dubuque City Council this week approved the school’s request to amend its Institutional District. Assistant City Planner Wally Wernimont outlined the school’s plans to the council. According to Wernimont, the plans received unanimous approval from the city zoning board after no opposition came from neighbors. UD Director of Construction Management Keith Wipperfurth says one of the main reasons from the project is to increase accessibility for those who have physical disabilities. The “South Commons,” as UD is calling it, would sit to the east of the Heritage Center between Grace and Bennett Streets. Construction is expected to begin this week, with completion expected this fall. The cost of the project is $1.7 million.