Past the Orono Thriftway Food Center heading toward Old Town, Campus Crest continues the development of the colossal The Grove at Orono, which is still on schedule to be completed by the start of the 2012 fall semester.
“Construction is moving along nicely and in line with our projected development timeline,” Jason Chudoba, who handles public relations for Campus Crest, wrote in an email. “We fully expect the Grove at Orono to be open in time for the start of the 2012-13 academic year.”
According to The Grove’s walk-in service, located in a building next to Curva Ultra Lounge, the expected move-in day is Sept. 1, but if the building is ready prior to, the tenants can move in early with an added per-day fee.
“Residents are typically allowed to move in the weekend before school starts,” Chudoba wrote. “Typically, the vast majority of residents occupy their units the day the property opens.”
Because Campus Crest is a publicly traded company, they won’t release exactly how many units have been sold in Orono, according to Chudoba.
However, Chudoba wrote that Campus Crest is “pleased with the reception we’ve received from the University of Maine students and look forward to serving our residents.”
Comprised of 21 apartment buildings, two non-apartment buildings, parking lots and a pool, the Grove has space available for up to 620 students. Founded in 2004 by Ted Rollins and UMaine alumnus Mike Hartnett, Campus Crest spent approximately $26.3 building the student housing complex.
The Grove has a three-bedroom, three-bathroom option and a four-bedroom, four-bathroom option. The three-bedroom suite costs $535 per month, while the four-bedroom runs $560 per month. There’s an additional community fee of $250 per year, which covers use of the pool and tanning beds, among other facilities.