Look for construction to begin this June on a large, student housing apartment complex to be called the Forum at Statesboro.
The Forum is being developed by Florida-based Parkland Development and will be located on Highway 301 South, near the intersection of Highway 301 and the Veterans Parkway (Statesboro Bypass) - across from the old bowling alley.
Encompassing 39 acres, the 780-bed complex will have 12 residential buildings and a 7,000-square-foot clubhouse. As with all of the new apartment complexes that have been constructed near Georgia Southern University over the last few years, the Forum will feature resort style living.
"We will have a resort style pool and spa with an expansive furnished patio area, outside dry sports bar, two tanning booths, internet cafe', pet park, fitness center, media center, game room, computer room in the clubhouse, a covered car care center, sand volleyball court, and full court basketball court," said Joe Papasso, vice president of construction for Parkland. "We will also be a gated community and pet friendly."
Parkland's chairman and president Harold Tomlinson said his firm believes Statesboro is a great location for a couple of reasons.
"First, the scholarship program provided by the state of Georgia is one of the best, if not the best in the entire country," Tomlinson said. "Also, Georgia Southern has demonstrated impressive growth over the last few years. State schools overall are experiencing tremendous growth around the country, and Georgia Southern is a great example of that. Lastly, the occupancy rate of the newer complexes in Statesboro is approximately 98 percent, and that is a very strong number."
Tomlinson said a leasing office will be set up this summer for those students interested in leasing an apartment for fall semester 2012.
"We are scheduled to complete the complex in June 2012, but intend to begin leasing at the end of this summer," he said.
It is my hope that the construction of the Forum will create construction jobs for those searching in this area. Tomlinson said that Dallas-based CF Jordan Construction, LLC will serve as the general contractor for the project, and those looking for employment opportunities can certainly start there (www.cfjordan.com).
Tomlinson concluded our conversation by emphasizing the importance his company places on customer service.
"Our management team is committed to quality and are very service oriented," Tomlinson said. "We also emphasize school spirit in our activities and daily operations as well as our theme throughout the community. Our amenities are always state of art and high-tech, as well as high quality and in tune with today's students needs. You can see one of our recent developments by visiting www.forumdenton.com."
Every time I preview the construction of a complex like the Forum, it makes me want to sell my house, pack up the family, and go live the resort life. Then, I quickly remember, GSU students and I don't keep the same hours.
So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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