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By Seth Thomas Gulledge
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, October 21, 2017

A new $40 million student apartment complex released images on Friday of what it is bringing to to the heart of Greenville in in fall of 2018.

The Gather Uptown apartment complex, designed to house more than 400 students, is rising at the corner of West Fifth and South Green streets, just across from Greenville City Hall and the Greenville Police Department and Fire-Rescue headquarters.

Developers released images on ECU’s homecoming weekend as construction on the interior of the structure begins, according to the Uptown Greenville development agency. The facility is set to open in time for next school year.

The complex was designed by Designed BSB Design, a firm started by architect and Better Homes and Garden editor Jack Bloodgood. The design firm has 11 locations across the United States. The art-deco style of the structure was inspired by and the original City Hall building and a long-vacant bus station that was among structures cleared to make space for the project, which will occupy an entire city block.

The five-story structure will cater exclusively to students, and will contain a multi-story parking deck with 360 spaces. According to a release from Rael Corp and Uptown Greenville, the complex is a three-minute walk from East Carolina University.

The complex will offer a variety of floorplans with private bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. Public amenities include a fitness center, climate-controlled bicycle storage, a courtyard pool and a rooftop patio. Additionally, the complex will have a computer lab, community lounge, video game room and a host of other features.

The complex is operated by Rael Corp. Development. This is the company's first project in North Carolina.

"In all our projects across the country, we strive to understand and blend into the unique fabric of the community,” said Graeme Rael, the principal of Rael Corp. in the release. “We were inspired by some of the beautiful and historic art deco buildings in uptown, including those close to our project. We, therefore, directed the designers to capture this spirit in both the exterior and interior design — right down to the shape of the pool which is in line with historic art deco hotels in other parts of the country."

Rael Corp was founded in 1977 and specializes in development, investment and management of commercial real estate. It targets properties in student housing, multifamily, hospitality and retail sections and operates from offices in Newport Beach, Calif., and Dallas, Texas.

Gather Uptown is pre-leasing to residents from its new leasing office located at 310 Evans St.

Contact Seth Gulledge at 252-329-9579 and sgulledge@reflector.com

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