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Unfinished apartments leave UNC students without a home

Posted August 28, 2014

— Mateen Alinaghi wanted his college experience to include off-campus living — not living in a hotel.

Alinaghi, along with hundreds of other University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students, were supposed to be living in the Lux at Central Park, a luxury apartment complex less than a mile from campus.

But a few days into the semester, the apartments are still under construction.

“Right now it's been really frustrating, especially living at the hotel,” said Alinaghi, a junior. “We're catching shuttles an hour or an hour-15 before class.”

From its website, the apartment complex boasts fully furnished spacious rooms, a fitness center and other comforts of off-campus living. It was supposed to be ready before the start of the school year.

“We got four bedrooms, four bathrooms, our own space,” said Brian Garner, a junior. “Especially being juniors, it's really nice to have that off-campus, to be able to cook meals, just to have something that's different.”

But for now, the Lux is providing shuttles to and from campus, which has its challenges.

“Not knowing when you're going to make a class, or make it back,” said Sriram Chandra, a junior. “I'm normally exhausted, I've been on campus like two hours waiting for a shuttle there and back.”

Some students said they may have to move back on-campus for a few weeks or longer.

No one at the leasing office on East Franklin Street returned a request for comment.


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  • bfortyme Aug 29, 2014

    Ouuccchhhh! that's a bummer. Hope that get settled in quickly.

  • Jerry Sawyer Aug 29, 2014
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    No, these children should never have to learn how the real world works. Get used to it - sometimes things just don't go according to plan.

  • 678devilish Aug 29, 2014

    Do not make any sense. They knew the students were coming. Its that time of year. But I do hope they have made some kind of accomadations for them. I wish all the students well.

  • Dethklok Aug 29, 2014

    Some envy green folks on here. I wouldn't or couldn't live in the luxury apartment myself but I wont berate those that can and will. Deal with it. Some folks are more successful than us/me/you. Unless you pay the bills, move along. Nothing to see here.

  • amdriver12 Aug 29, 2014

    To me, I'm more concerned about what the students have or haven't paid regarding the apartments rather than the inconvenience. Students in Boone had a similar issue a couple of years ago. Brand new, 'luxury' cottages were being built but not ready for move in. At that point, students (and/or parents) had already paid deposits and fees on the apartment AND they were expected to pay rent for a place they couldn't live in. I thought that was despicable coming from the landlord. I sincerely hope they either have their contract extended or are offered prorated rent.

  • Rod Runner Aug 29, 2014
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    Are you serious with this comment? The students that live miles out from campus CHOSE TO DO THAT.

    These students CHOSE to live in an apartment that is close to campus.

    You cannot compare one to the other, they were both different choices for whatever reason they made them.

  • ineedadlptv Aug 29, 2014

    I feel for these kids. Can't imagine what they're doing about food and what not(they can't cook in a hotel so going out to eat for every meal must be getting expensive). Moving-in in a few weeks will be stressful enough as well with midterm exams and school work picking up. Not sure if I would have signed a lease while the building was still under construction, but unfortunate situation.

  • disc golfing Aug 29, 2014

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    Complaing about complaining.....WOW....just wow

  • James Barefoot Aug 29, 2014
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    Get a life, Adult up,,I never got everything I wanted when I wanted it,, Its life folks deal with it..

  • heelhawk Aug 29, 2014

    Curious as to how many of you that are telling these students to get over it were complaining last week because your kids bus stop was moved an eighth of a mile or now comes 15 minutes earlier than last year? There is an expectation that contracts are followed through on. Get off your self righteous high horses because I guarantee you that you are the first in line to complain anytime you are slightly inconvenienced. Waiting for a cyclist, can't shoot my gun near a daycare, bus dropped my kid off late, I didn't get a raise either, runners kept me from going to church, I hate dogs in the park..... I have listened to your complaints for years.