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Unfinished apartments leave UNC students without a home

Posted August 28, 2014 10:35 p.m. EDT

— 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.