ATHENS, Ga. — Hundreds of University of Georgia students are expected to live in an off-campus apartment building that, at this time, is still an active construction zone.

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Channel 2’s Veronica Griffin was in Athens, where students said the builders had missed the deadline to complete for months. Students who were hoping to call the William house said management is not speaking and they want to know if they will be able to move in on Saturday as promised.

“We still don’t know when we’re going to move in,” Ethan Weissman said.


Weissman stopped by the construction zone near the UGA campus on Tuesday, hoping for a sign that the building will be ready to open this weekend. Weissman is one of nearly 340 other UGA students who have paid deposits and rent to move into the new construction community ahead of the fall semester.

But the grand opening didn’t happen. Weissman and several other students said Channel 2 Action News that they have received a new move-in more than once, with the last one scheduled for October 15.

“It looks like their lower floors aren’t finished at all,” Weissman said. “They still need appliances and floors and things like that. So I highly doubt they have an occupancy certificate, which they said they need.”

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Griffin stopped by the management office to ask when the building would be ready to open and was told “no comment at this time.”

With October 15 just days away, students and parents fear that just won’t happen.

“It’s quite frustrating that they’re in the situation they’re in, but when you add to this total non-communication it makes it more stressful because we don’t know what’s next,” UGA said. said parent Keith Westphal.

Griffin contacted the city/county permitting office on Tuesday and was told that a final inspection had not yet been ordered and that all interior and exterior must pass final inspection before the building can be opened to residents.

“I feel lied to,” Weissman said. “I also feel, like, very confused and anxious about what’s going to happen next.”