Days before finals, UNCC students told to evacuate apartments

Arcadia Student Apartments

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The 84 student residents of an apartment building near UNC-Charlotte have been asked to relocate days before final exams begin as engineers evaluate structural issues at Arcadia Student Living.

“We have asked the residents of Building 18 to temporarily relocate based on the recommendation of engineer consultants, who are conducting tests,” said Mark Evans, a spokesman for the company that owns Arcadia. He said engineers cannot conduct the testing with people living in the buildings.

The company, whose website advertises “upscale off campus apartments near UNCC,” brought in additional staff members over the weekend to help students find alternative places to stay.

Evans said the company “went back and forth with the engineers” to see if the testing could be conducted after finals. “It came to the matter of we need to do this now. It was a matter of safety.”

Staff at the apartment community noticed “small settling” in the development’s clubhouse. Engineers were called in for an inspection of all buildings. The engineers decided that building 18, which is near the clubhouse, was in need of further testing, Evans said Monday.

The nature of the problem is still unknown.

“We have no idea,” Evans said. “That’s kind of why they wanted more information. I know settling was noticed in clubhouse. I don’t know about the resident hall.”

According to WCNC-TV, students received an e-mail saying they had 24 hours to get out.

“As each person got the call you’d see more and more people backing their cars in,” resident Coburn Burroughs told the news station.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson