New Student Apartments Planned in Spartanburg


New apartment complex will cater to USC Upstate students
Campus Suites aims to offer more amenities

April 2, 2008

By Trevor Anderson

Henry Morton thinks every college student deserves a home away from home. But he believes it shouldn’t just be a tiny room with a single bed and a bathroom used by dozens of people.

“College is more than going to class — it’s a complete lifestyle experience,” said Morton, chairman and CEO of Florida-based Campus Suites LLC. “Kids go away to school and expect everything they would have at home, and that’s what they should get. It makes them feel better and their parents feel better.”

In June, Morton and his company will bring a new concept for modern off-campus living to Spartanburg with the grand opening of a multimillion-dollar 483-bedroom apartment complex under construction off Valley Falls Road between the University of South Carolina Upstate and I-85.

The 216-unit gated housing facility will feature seven apartment buildings containing fully furnished two-, three- and four-bedroom suites, a clubhouse with a 24-hour fitness room, pool tables and tanning beds, as well as an outdoor pool and patio, tennis court and a sand volleyball court.

At maximum capacity, about 750 residents would be housed at the apartment complex.

Campus Suites has built similar complexes near universities including Florida State, Middle Tennessee State, University of South Carolina, Bowling Green State, Miami University of Ohio and Arizona State.

While the company’s business model focuses on serving colleges, its apartments are not limited to students only.

“We saw a shortage in the (Spartanburg) market for available housing that we could fill effectively,” Morton said. “It’s an awesome feeling to see a community come out of the ground. The Spartanburg facility is one we’re very proud of, and it should be popular with the area’s five colleges.”

Campus Suites’ apartment complex will not be affiliated with a particular college in Spartanburg, according to Morton, but most of its residents are expected to come from USC Upstate because of its proximity to the school.

The company has even added roads leading from the facility directly to the college’s main campus and become a corporate sponsor for USC Upstate’s athletics department.

“We had a very good turnout at the coaches meeting where the project was discussed,” said Jules Bryant, assistant athletic director for USC Upstate. “(Campus Suites) has a great project, and due to its location, so close to campus, we know many athletes will want to live there.”

Bryant said USC Upstate is the fastest-growing university in the state with about 4,850 students and 220 full-time faculty. It has nearly outgrown a new dorm, two apartment complexes and several single-family homes on campus.

“The expectation is that we will continue to grow,” she said. “And this project should help us fill our housing needs.”

Each apartment will have a common living area, a balcony or patio, bathrooms for each room, a full appliance package including a washer and dryer, cable and high-speed internet access, and security features such as electronic key locks, interior deadbolts and a sprinkler system.

Rickeeva Mills, assistant property manager for Campus Suites, said the cost to lease an apartment per person will be $520 for the two-bedroom units, $480 for the three-bedroom units and $465 for the four bedroom units.

The company will provide centralized mail and trash services and a shuttle service. All amenities will be included in the bill, except telephone service.

The project’s builder, C.F. Evans Construction Co. of Orangeburg, will host an open house Thursday for prospective tenants.

‘“This is so nice, and we’re very excited about it,” said Jon Keith, vice president of business development for C.F. Evans. “It’s the fourth or fifth project we’ve worked with (Campus Suites) on, and we feel very good about what we have accomplished together so far.”


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