Horney, a senior English and political science major from Cornelius, is one of many LUX at Central Park residents who will live in a hotel in Chapel Hill while construction continues on the luxury apartment complex, located on a 9.13-acre site along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard .
While other UNC students are moving into their housing in time for classes to start, LUX residents don’t have that option. The management team notified all LUX residents via email on June 27 that the apartments would not be completed as scheduled .
Residents were given the option to terminate their leases or opt to live in a hotel for two to three weeks, and near the end of July, Trinitas notified 25 residents that their leases had been terminated outright .
Horney said she will be staying in the Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel, which is four miles away from campus. Shuttles to campus will be provided daily, but she said it is still a frustration.
Travis Vencel , the vice president of development for LUX’s parent company Trinitas, would not comment on whether any students would move into LUX on time in an interview this week.
In June, Vencel told The Daily Tar Heel that most units would be ready for move-in on the originally scheduled date, and only a few residents would have to stay in a hotel.
But the scheduled move-in date was Sunday, and Vencel said they are still working on the finishing touches.
“Because of different people’s leases and different things with the building schedule, I just can’t answer whether anyone will be able to move in as they anticipated,” he said this week.