Aug. 15, 2014
Students were finally allowed to move into their new apartments at The Flats on West Main Street around 7:30PM on Friday. After a second inspection, the building finally passed and was granted a certificate of occupancy. Building owners say the finishing touches to the new apartment building won't be done for another two to three weeks.
A new apartment complex geared towards college students has been going up on West Main Street, and tenants were told the building would be complete by 5:00 Friday, Aug 15, and ready for them to move in.
Earlier today CBS19 spoke with a city official who told us, as of 4:00 p.m. the students were not allowed to reside in the Flats.
They are allowed to move their furniture in, but the Flats had not yet secured a temporary certificate of occupancy (CO) from the city.
Charlottesville Director of Neighborhood Development Jim Tolbert said their main concern is safety. He says it happens often that buildings are essentially done; just some landscaping and cleaning up are in order to get a temporary CO.
The Flats still have to pass inspection by Charlottesville’s fire marshal and city inspectors, but Tolbert says when officials checked the site at noon, the building was not up to standards.
Dozens of construction workers could be seen today as they moved lumber into the building, painted balconies, and put in plants and shrubbery.
Shortly before 6 p.m., the Flats started to check in their new tenants, though it was still waiting to pass inspection.
The apartment building is eight stories and contains 622 rooms.