The developers of Aspen Heights on Highway 67 South are bringing a new concept in college student housing.
Described by its owners as "Colorado-style homes with all the convenience and amenities of a luxury apartment," Aspen Heights will be one of the largest student housing complexes built in Statesboro.
According to Ryan Fetgatter, development manager for the company, Aspen Heights Statesboro will have up to 1,087 beds in 339 units.
"We will have two and three bedroom duplexes, row homes, and four and five bedroom cottages," Fetgatter said. "There will be two swimming pools, a 10,000 square foot clubhouse and sport courts."
Aspen Heights joins two other developments set to be built during the next 12 months opening for fall semester 2013 - One Eleven South on Rucker Lane and the Monarch Douglas on Old Register Road.
Fetgatter said his company had a keen interest in developing a property in Statesboro, and was looking at the Statesboro market for possible investment for almost two years before deciding on the Highway 67 property.
"There has been tremendous enrollment growth over the past few years at Georgia Southern University, with more students expected in the coming years," he said. "As our concept is fairly new to Statesboro, we hope to provide housing for the student who demands a high quality living experience outside of an apartment."
Aspen Heights will occupy 64 acres on the northeast corner of Highway 67 South and Burkhalter Road. Statesboro city engineer Robert Cheshire said the relatively large population projected for the complex should not pose a traffic problem for the area.
"There will be two access points for the property on Highway 67 and one on Burkhalter," Cheshire said. "You can only make a right turn when coming out of the complex onto Highway 67 which is fine since that is the direction heading towards Georgia Southern. Also to go left into the complex, there is already a dedicated turn lane in place. I don't anticipate that traffic will be a problem there."
Fetgatter said the location provides quick access to Georgia Southern University, and the site is large enough to allow Aspen Heights to provide the open space and amenities that are currently lacking in the student housing market here.
In addition to the swimming pools, clubhouse and sports courts, the development will have a fitness center, study area/lounge, grills, tanning bed, and movie theater. It also will be a gated community with individual security systems, electronic keys and security cameras.
Fetgatter said Aspen Heights would combine the best of both worlds: community living with front lawns and open space, as well as all of the amenities of a luxury apartment complex.
"With Aspen Heights, students do not have to decide between renting a house or living in an apartment," he said. "Students are given the size and independence of a brand new home, with all of the conveniences of an apartment."
Founded in 2006, Aspen Heights was created with the vision of revolutionizing student living, he said.
"We conducted focus groups with over 4,000 college students to learn more about what they wanted in a living experience," Fetgatter said. "As a result of these focus groups, we created a product centered around being a house and not an apartment, world-class customer service, and a company surrounding global impact."
Other Aspen Heights complexes can be found near Auburn University, Louisiana State University and the University of Georgia, as well as in San Antonio and San Marcos, Texas.
To learn more about Aspen Heights, go to www.myaspenheights.com.