The once undeveloped lot is now home to three, six-story, connected buildings that can house more than 600 students each year.
And the complex, which was originally slated to be called The Bicycle Apartments, is now LUX at Central Park.
“It seemed like it was an important part of what they sold us,” said Jim Ward, Chapel Hill Town Council member.
"The location was good for students and they could walk and bike — that all made sense with the name Bicycle.”
Maggie Engellenner, a LUX resident and a junior public relations major, said she loves her apartment but thought there was more to the name change than originally said.
“They advertised themselves as a very green community where everyone was going to be riding bikes, recycling and doing very energy efficient things,” Engellenner said. “To me, it kind of sounded like after they got their permits they took a new direction and wanted it to be more modern.”
But Engellenner said she appreciated the complex’s efforts to go green with the addition of racks and indoor storage units for bicycles.
“It’s very nice — it’s very beautiful — and we still recycle,” she said. “There are still things that are green about LUX.”