Construction delays leave hundreds of UGA students with no place to live

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) — Hundreds of UGA students cannot move into a new student housing complex because the building is still a large construction site.

“Sort of in the spring semester I was like that, I feel like it won’t be done in time because it had to be done in July. And I was calling maybe once a month and they were like, ‘Oh, it’s okay,'” said Jake McGhee, a UGA student who was scheduled to move into the William at the start of the semester.

The delayed construction of the William Athens shifted residents to the Spring Hill Suites hotel and Holiday Inn in Athens.

“A large majority of people have been forced to share a hotel room, often with a stranger,” Jake said.

Limited shortages of materials and labor have led to construction delays at the Williams apartment complex in Athens, according to a Facebook post. He keeps on:

“Despite our best efforts to continue these hotel accommodations, hotels can no longer accommodate our residents after September 17, 2022. Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to find acceptable alternative accommodation.”

Residents are now being offered several options for what to do, including accepting a $2,500 gift card to help with temporary housing while the apartment complex continues to be built or students may terminate their contract with the resort without penalty, but waive rights to hold the resort liable.

“We’re not going to stay with the William and we’re not going to shirk responsibility. They broke the contract,” Jake said.

“I just feel bad for some of the other kids. Maybe they don’t have a car, maybe their parents aren’t as involved, maybe they’re international students who don’t have that support network, so they’re just suspended for dry,” said Will McGhee, Jake’s dad.

A Facebook group has been created by parents whose children are now displaced. One mum commented:

“The developers and everyone involved in this project have misrepresented this project from the beginning. Your social media campaign has always been false advertising. How dare you use these students and take their money and leave them homeless and broke?”

A UGA student and resident of The William posted:

“I was completely unprepared for a further delay. I get it, things are happening, but with this delay, I might just have to turn around and leave Athens for now. I just don’t have a family to turn to for help.

The William did not indicate when construction is expected to be completed. The apartments were originally expected to be ready to move in at the start of the semester, a month ago. CBS46 contacted the resort, as well as the city of Athens and the University of Georgia.


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