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Demo work launches new student housing development

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Crews demolish buildings along Charles Boulevard and 14th Street to make way for a new student housing complex on Dec. 28, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Demolition is underway in the Glen Arthur neighborhood to make way for an 804-bedroom student housing complex.

The Jolly Roger convenience store, a church and approximately 20 homes are being razed to make room for the 400,000-square-foot residential structure that will wrap around a 700-space parking deck, said Todd Saieed, chief executive officer of Raleigh-based Dewitt Carolinas.

Demolition is expected to take two months followed by site preparation, he said.

The development does not have a name, Saieed said. Construction drawings are being finalized and applications for building permits will be submitted in the next several months.

Construction should begin in May or June with construction completed by June 2020, he  said.

“It’s six and seven stories which vary throughout the building, Saieed said. “It’s a six-story building where the corner will have an amenity area, a student union area underneath it so the corner of the building will be seven stories. The majority of the living area will be six stories.”

Nearly 12 months ago, the Greenville Board of Adjustment approved a special-use permit to allow for construction of the complex in the Glen Arthur neighborhood which is located off West 14th Street at its intersection with Charles Boulevard. The City Council had rezoned the property in 2017 to allow for multi-family development.

During the quasi-judicial public hearing held prior to the special use permit vote, a housing study conducted in late 2017 that shows Greenville is saturated with student housing but lacks market-rate housing for families was mentioned but not entered in the official record because it wasn’t presented by an approved expert.

There are four student housing complexes in downtown Greenville; First Street Place Apartments, The Boundary @ West End, University Edge & Dickinson Lofts and Gather Uptown. Almost directly across from Glen Arthur is The Province Apartments and a sixth student housing development is under construction on 10th Street.

“We believe there is a continued need for student housing in Greenville,” Saieed said. “The other buildings are full. Our market studies show us we’ll be successful with this project.”

“Students now want bikeable, walkable. They want to be five minutes to campus, five minutes to the athletic facilities,” said Everett Daniels, president of Dewitt Carolinas. “That’s what positions this site so well. It’s in the middle.”

Construction will be a joint venue between WIMCO of Washington, N.C., and T.A. Loving of Goldsboro.

“I think we have chosen a contractor who is familiar with building in Greenville,” Saieed said. “T.A. Loving has certainly performed a lot of construction work for (East Carolina University). They know how to build in that area and they are going to try to do a really good job of trying to stay out of the way of traffic flow and run a safe job site.”

The complex will have one, two, three and four bedroom units with a common kitchen and living room area. Each bedroom will have its own bathroom.

Secured electronic key fobs will be needed to access the building’s main entrances and the housing units. There also will be security cameras and building management will be on site around the clock.

A pool will be located on the parking deck roof

“It’s an idea we really couldn’t get away from. It costs a little more but it’s a really nice amenity,” Daniels said.

“What it’s really allowed us to do is to make a really nice green space courtyard adjacent to our parking deck,” Daniels said. “Open space is a premium in a downtown spot but it was something we wanted to achieve.”

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-329-9570.