But for any LUX at Central Park residents who have been housed in hotels across Chapel Hill and relying on shuttles to get to campus for work and classes, waiting to hear when their luxury student apartments would finally be completed, 19 days can feel like a lifetime.
On Friday, almost three weeks after students were supposed to move into the luxury complex located along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, 160 residents will be able to walk into their apartments for the first time. About 200 students will be moved to campus, where they will be housed in any empty spots in on-campus housing.
“For the residents who we cannot accommodate by Sept. 5, we believe their move-in will be delayed three weeks at the most past Sept. 5,” said Alie Hrabe, the director of portfolio marketing for LUX’s corporate developer, Trinitas, in an email.
Students moved into hotels on Aug. 17, after being notified in June that LUX would not be ready on time because of various delays to the construction process. No concrete move-in date was provided to residents until emails were sent out on Aug. 28.
Madison Braswell, a junior history major at UNC, said she will have to move out of her hotel into a dorm on campus after Friday. She said she is annoyed she still doesn’t know what’s really going on, and she worries about the complications of moving all of her boxes.
“My car is completely full,” she said. “When I moved into the hotel, it was full, and I had my brother bring me more stuff because I thought I’d be moving in.”
But unlike Braswell, other residents received another email this week tentatively confirming the Friday move-in date.