The newest addition to East Carolina University’s off-campus student housing, The Proximity at Tenth, is expected to open in time for residents to move in on August 13, the original projected date.
The Proximity at Tenth is “luxury student living,” an upscale off-campus apartment community which is located within walking distance to ECU’s main campus, according to Marissa Sepulveda, the Proximity at Tenth’s leasing and marketing manager.
Sepulveda said planning for the Proximity’s construction initially began in 2014. Overseen by the Taft Development Group, construction began in 2017 and will be completed in time for residents to move in for the fall 2019 semester.
“Weather this year has not impacted it (the construction),” Sepulveda said. “I’ve been told, today (June 13), progress has been right on time. We’re actually a few months ahead of schedule and weather has not really affected us at all.”
Sepulveda said the apartment complex is currently undergoing final “walks” of the community and she confirmed the “clubhouse area” is set to be finished this month. The clubhouse area will include a “state-of-the-art” fitness center, yoga studio, student gallery, collaboration workspaces and over 20 study rooms for residents.
According to Sepulveda, final walks are inspections to make sure each individual unit is painted, cleaned and looks “presentable” for move in.
“We are already doing our final inspections,” Sepulveda said. “With that being said, we have walked almost every single unit, we have all of the flooring done (and) all of the appliances are in the units.”
Sepulveda said, following the completion of the clubhouse this month, offices will be moving on site to make sure “everything is good and ready for our residents” in August.
Leasing opened for potential new residents in October 2018. The Proximity offers a variety of floor plans which range between one, two, three and four bedroom fully-furnished apartments with private bed/bath suites, according to Sepulveda.
“We are not currently 100 percent full, we do still have some availability at our community for the upcoming year,” Sepulveda said. “We’re sold out of all of our one and two bedroom units as well as one of our three bedroom, the Meridian floor plan unit, so we still have availability in our larger floor plans, our three and four bedroom, but it is very limited.”
The Proximity at Tenth’s management is confident the apartments will be open on time for residents to move in come August, according to Sepulveda. However, she said the management team is in the process of finalizing a plan “just in case” construction is not completed on time.
Sepulveda said residents are able to keep up with construction progress through the Proximity at Tenth’s social media accounts, such as Instagram and Facebook.
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Senior child life major, Lindsey Ball, signed a lease with the Proximity at Tenth this past April. Currently, she lives at Sunchase apartments, but was interested in moving somewhere closer to ECU’s main campus.
“Definitely (what attracted me is) just the closeness to campus and it is going to look nice, it’s going to be new, so I won’t have a room where someone’s always poked little thumbtacks into the walls or there’s not, it’s not as dirty or anything. It’s going to be a clean place,” Ball said.
Ball said she wished she could move in earlier, even though the complex is not finished yet, because she is “excited” and looking forward to living at the Proximity at Tenth.
Jenny Rcomnie, a sophomore elementary education major, said she signed her lease with the Proximity at Tenth in October 2018 after comparing prices with other apartments and houses in the Greenville community.
Rcomnie is staying in a two bedroom apartment and said her monthly payment to the Proximity is “close to $800,” which includes both utilities and parking.
“I saw on social media they posted pictures of some rooms or some buildings, or whatever, and it looked like they were almost done,” Rcomnie said. “From what I saw, and what I’ve heard from my friends who are still in Greenville over the summer is that it’s looking really good and coming along pretty quickly.”
Rcomnie said what initially attracted her to the apartment was the location. She said being able to walk to campus was important to her, and with the Proximity at Tenth, she has that ability.