New housing option coming for students

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The beginning phase of an extension of The Cottages of East Lansing has begun. The Cottages, located in Bath Township’s Chandler Crossing community, is a small neighborhood composed of cottage-style homes that are a very popular housing option amongst local college students.

“I’m actually kind of jealous,” third-year Michigan State student Taylor Williams said of the Abbott locations new units, who has been living in the Chandler Crossings community.

“The building that I live in now is really nice. So when people were saying they were touring the ones on Abbott and that they were even nicer, I knew I had to check them out,” said Williams.

According to leasing agent Zoi Armstrong, the project will add 25 new units. They’re more attractive to students because they will be the newest off-campus option between Grand River and Abbott Road, Armstrong said of the new buildings.

“Last fall, people were on the waiting list, so the owners of the property figured they better get moving fast on some new units,” said Armstrong. “When this plot of land was purchased, they wanted to go ahead and start building. It was more of a supply-demand effect.”

Armstrong was assigned to leading tours of the newer Cottages. She mentioned how hectic the lot of land can get between the construction noises and continuous tours.

“I’ll be happy when the construction is over, so I can hear myself think,” she said, laughing.

The two-story units that are four and five bedrooms are expected to fill up by May. They feature washers and dryers on each floor, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and full furnishings in each unit. Units range from $560 to $750 per bed.

“We’ve been working pretty much all day every day to meet our deadline,” said subcontractor Matt Kinter. Kinter, who has been in the construction business for 20 years, said that this is the fastest moving project that he has been a part of.

“We started actually building them in late December. It’s mid-February, and we’re making great progress. We’ll definitely be done by July. At this rate, we might be done by May. If so, we should get a bonus,” he said, joking.

The new buildings, located on Abbott and W. Lake Lansing Road, will be ready for residents by this fall.