Kelly Stasko, the Granville Towers general manager, said once the fencing is built, access to Granville will be limited to the entry point closest to Columbia Street by University Baptist Church.
To preserve access, Stasko said a new entrance will be constructed on Cameron Avenue around the end of May. The new entrance point will be behind Granville’s South Tower, and the development of the entrance will take place throughout the summer.
“The primary impact that we foresee in these beginning stages is getting students, particularly those living in East and West Towers, used to slightly different walking patterns around the property,” Stasko said.
Gordon Merklein, executive director of real estate for UNC, said once the new access point is made on Cameron Avenue, no pedestrian or vehicular traffic will be allowed through the Franklin Street entrances for safety reasons.
“It will be inconvenient, especially now that it is at exam time,” said Abby Pressley, a freshman Granville resident, of the fenced-in construction zone.
She said residents got an email saying that fences would be going up around the construction, but she would like more information.
“It was considerate to email us, but it would be nice to know a little bit more about what the actual project is since it is right outside my window.”
Stasko said Granville Towers has been transparent about the construction and will continue to update students as they receive more information.