Popular student housing complex near SIUE to expand

News-DemocratOctober 10, 2013 

— All-student apartments are so popular that Enclave is expanding only two months after opening its newest complex.

The first Enclave student housing development opened in a residential area near the main campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2012. The second, a 17-acre complex, was built on the edge of the city adjacent to campus bike trails.

Two months after Enclave West opened, the developers have announced an expansion due to "overwhelming response."

"We believe Enclave West is the epitome of what off-campus student housing communities should offer," said managing partner Corey Wenzel. "The response we've received from our student residents has been absolutely positive and it has even helped guide our plans for the next phase of development."

The off-campus student apartments are leased on a per-student basis, so roommates are not responsible if a student drops out or fails to pay rent.

The $12 million phase II expansion will add another 192 beds in five buildings, Wenzel said. The amenities of the new section include a fitness center, swimming pool and yoga studio as well as study carrels.

The existing phase I development has nine buildings with 360 beds, and is fully leased. Three of the new buildings will have four-bedroom apartments, and the other two buildings will offer two-bedroom apartments.

There are plans for a third phase as well, Wenzel said. Pre-leasing for phase II will begin on Dec. 2, he said.

The off-campus all-student housing complex seems to be catching on in Edwardsville. Optimus LLC, in a merger with Clayco Realty, announced in August that they planned a 10-acre all-student complex with 384 beds in 120 apartments off Illinois 157.

As with Enclave, the all-inclusive rent leaves each student responsible only for himself -- a solution halfway between on-campus dorm rooms and the free-for-all of off-campus student apartments. However, its current status is not immediately known.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

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