N.C. company opens downtown office, breaks ground on $30M project

A North Carolina company with the slogan “fully loaded college living,” is already leasing apartments for Fall 2015 in Bellingham.

The Grove, a national housing company that markets toward college students, opened a downtown office at 1305 Cornwall Ave., and broke ground on 216-unit apartment complex south of Fred Meyer in early October.

The project is between Interstate 5 and Lincoln Street, south of the Lakeway Fred Meyer, and east of Lincoln Creek.

Campus Crest Construction of North Carolina, the Grove’s parent company, has applied for about 15 construction permits with an estimated construction value of at least $30 million, according to records obtained from the City of Bellingham’s permit center.

The permits include nine multifamily housing units – five with 32 units, four with 16 units, and  a “clubhouse” which will include a fitness center, offices, a model unit, lounges, reception, cafe and an eight-unit apartment. Campus Crest Construction also applied to build a bridge and several stormwater detention ponds

So far, the city has only issued permits for stormwater detention vaults.

Craig Parkinson, who did engineering work on the project with his Bellingham-based firm Cascade Engineering Group, said Campus Crest Construction hopes to be finished with the project by August 2014.

The Grove has apartment complexes in college towns throughout the country and state, including in Pullman, Ellensburg, and Cheney, Washington.

The Grove complex will have a 24-hour fitness center, indoor tanning beds, pool tables, a tavern-style game room, and “Harvard-style” library, according to gogrove.com/bellingham. Outdoor amenities include sand volleyball, a full basketball court, and a controlled access gate.

Also according to the Grove’s website, the company hosts events including beach volleyball tournaments, DJ’ed pool parties, blood drives, and taco nights.

Learn more at http://gogrove.com/bellingham/.

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