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Finishing touches, as Spartan Village II prepares to open

photo of bulidingThe current phase of construction along West Gate City Boulevard is coming to a close. And hundreds of Spartan students will soon enjoy a new home away from home, in Spartan Village II.

“We’ll open on time for the fall semester,” said Jorge Quintal, associate vice chancellor for facilities.

Last week, furniture began to be moved into the two new residence halls, Lexington and McCormick, which were designed and constructed to meet LEED Silver standards.

The residents of the Spartan Village II residence halls may move in beginning Aug. 9 at 8 a.m., said Guy Sanders, associate director of administrative operations for Housing & Residence Life (HRL). Student staff will move into the two residence halls starting this week, on Wednesday, July 26.

Spartan Village Student Housing Phase II is a $50.9 million mixed-use project featuring the two residence halls along with 26,000 square feet of retail space.

The various businesses’ occupancy permits should be received in the coming weeks, Quintal explained. Some businesses had already started moving in their larger equipment.

photo of construction siteThe final “to-do” list for the latter half of July included site work such as finishing the asphalt paving of parking lots and landscaping work.

The project complements Spartan Village, which opened in 2013 with four Student Housing Phase I residence halls, developed in response to the university’s need to provide more on-campus housing for the growing student population. With Phase II opening, approximately 1,200 students in total will live in Spartan Village, which is adjacent to the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness and across from the UNCG Pedestrian Underpass and Plaza and the UNCG Police Station.

The Spartan Village II students include sophomore, juniors, seniors and graduate students, said Sanders. In particular, HRL wanted to ensure seniors who wanted to live in UNCG’s newest housing had the opportunity.

Retail space will be located on the ground level of both buildings. Retailers for Phase II include:

  • Bestway Marketplace – a grocery concept operated by the owners of Bestway Grocery
  • Pita Delite
  • Taco Bao – An Asian/Mexican fusion street food concept
  • Homeslice Pizza and Subs
  • The Den by Denny’s
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe
  • Recycles Bike Shop
  • The Art Loft
  • Millennium Salon & Barber
  • And a credit union

photo of construction siteJorge Quintal notes that this is the long-awaited mixed-use component of Spartan Village. With stores and restaurants on site and the wellness center next door, Spartan Village II provides students a “town center” experience.

Phase II will provides a critical link between the Kaplan Center and the Phase I residence halls. Pedestrian walkways connect all residence halls to the Kaplan Center and the signalized crosswalk on West Gate City Boulevard, which leads students to the UNCG Pedestrian Underpass. The underpass connects Spartan Village, the Kaplan Center and the UNCG Police Station with the rest of campus.

Visit the Housing & Residence Life site to see a 360-degree image of the construction of the two new residence halls from earlier this year, rendering drawings of how the finished buildings will appear, plus:

By Mike Harris and Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane