• Off-campus apartments still under construction before UNCC start

    By: Tenikka Smith


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - University of North Carolina at Charlotte students head back to class two weeks.
    This fall, they will have a few more choices for off-campus housing to choose from but some of the apartments are still doing construction after a soggy summer slowed down work.
    Channel 9 saw construction crews at work on the Circle University Apartments right across from the UNCC campus on University City Boulevard.
    It's one of four new apartment complexes that will house students off campus this fall, but some of them are still under construction days before students are set to move in.
    In addition to the work at the Circle, there's also Arcadia Student Living, Aspen Heights, and Millenium One Apartments.
    “We have four.  Two are in a really good place,” said Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners said. “We feel that they are going to be able to move in all the students we leased to into their developments and we have two that are going to be pushing it to get their apartments completed.”
    At least one of the complexes stopped leasing units while construction continues.
    All of the apartments have booked rooms at nearby hotels to house students heading back to school, especially those who don't live in Charlotte.
    University City Partners said each of the complexes will be able to house some of the more than 2,000 students who signed leases by the time school starts on Aug. 18. 
    Students like Amari Martin, who just moved into Aspen Heights, are being accommodated for the inconvenience.
    “It's pretty much finished right now, but they are still working on stuff like the pool.  They are still working on that so they gave us all a $100 gift card,” Martin said
    University City Partners said it has been working with the apartment managers, UNCC leaders and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to make sure the returning students are safe and accommodated. They will get extra police patrols around hotels, shuttle rides between the hotels and campus, laundry and storage service and get their meals covered.
    The majority of the students should be moved into the apartments by September, with a small percentage moving in by October.

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