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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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Campus Crest proposes new student housing development in Tuscaloosa

Campus Crest Communities, a leading developer, builder, owner and manager of high-quality student housing properties led by CEO Ted Rollins, is proposing a new student housing development in Tuscaloosa. This is a 228-unit, 628-bed complex planned for Sixth Avenue Northeast on the site of the city’s former water works operation, just north of the intersection of McFarland Boulevard and Jack Warner Parkway.401px-Black_Warrior_River,_taken_by_beigeinside

Before construction can begin on the project — The Grove at Tuscaloosa, proposed by Campus Crest Development of Charlotte, N.C. — it must go through an approval process with City Hall.

The city Planning and Zoning Commission will hear a rezoning request for the 0.4-acre site. It will then go before the City Council for a final vote.

Alex Eyssen, director of development for Campus Crest Development, cited the proposed development’s proximity to campus — less than a mile from classroom buildings — and the Black Warrior River as a reason Campus Crest Development sees this as a worthwhile investment.

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