Tuscaloosa City Council unanimous in approval of new student apartment complex

A new $30 million, 628-bed student housing complex by Campus Crest Communities gained unanimous approval from the Tuscaloosa City Council.

Led by CEO Ted Rollins, the firm develops, owns and manages student-housing communities throughout the U.S.

The City Council heard a rezoning request to convert 0.4 acres of the overall 15.86-acre site to riverfront development zoning, putting it in line with the remainder of the tract. A second item was a vote to approve the site development plans of The Grove at Tuscaloosa, which is a City Council requirement for any project in the riverfront development zone.

“It’s been a long time coming for us,” said Alex Eyssen, director of development for Campus Crest Development, the Charlotte, N.C.-based company behind the project. “We look forward to being a long-term member of the community.”Tuscaloosa

At this stage, the project still needs to obtain permits and have its plans finalized by the city’s Department of Planning and Development Services. The 228-unit complex is expected to be complete for the fall 2015 semester.

The proposed development plans to have a clubhouse, swimming pool, recreational areas and a parking deck. Units will be furnished, with full kitchens, washers and dryers and high-speed Internet access.

The developers also intend to construct a $1 million improvement to the interchange of Jack Warner Parkway and McFarland Boulevard to provide better access to their Sixth Avenue development.

The plans’ approval by the City Council paves the way for the construction, which will be alongside The Bluffs at Waterworks Landing, a 116-unit, 208-bed complex completed alongside the Black Warrior River in 2008.

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