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U of L apartment complex remains unfinished days before students arrive

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- With a record breaking freshman class this year, off-campus housing is popping up all over the University of Louisville.

For the past several years, U of L has been working with developers to take the university from an urban campus to a residential campus and shed its image as a commuter school.

"Our goal is to move more students on campus the first year, and then have a place where they could move within walking distance of campus," said U of L's director of housing Shannon Staten.

When school goes into session Monday, there will be three student apartment complexes in the works. One of those will open to residents Saturday, despite the fact that the final touches are still being made.


Windows are still being installed and appliances are just starting to arrive at The Grove on South Fourth Street, but university officials say there is no need to worry. Charlotte-based Campus Crest Communities is at work on the 246-unit development and the school says all leased apartments are move-in ready.

"They do have the units available they need to be able to take care of the students they've booked," said Staten. "They do not anticipate anyone needing to be in a hotel after Saturday."

WDRB reached out to The Grove for comment, but we have yet to receive a response.

Apartment complexes are in the works on both the east and west sides of campus. One complex will be near existing apartment The Province, the other near I-65 off Eastern Parkway.

Innovative Student Housing of Austin, Texas, plans a five-story, 272-unit project called The Lofts at 417 Eastern Parkway, according to Planning & Design records.

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