By Jesse Wood
The Standard at Boone, a student-housing development off of Blowing Rock Road by Georgia-based Landmark Properties, is still under construction as fall leaf color makes its way to the lower elevations of the High Country.
Students were supposed to move in prior to the beginning of fall semester at App State, but the developer announced in the summer that construction delays would set the opening date back until early October.
In late September when it was obvious that The Standard wouldn’t open in early October, a spokesperson for Landmark Properties said there was nothing new to add regarding a specific timeline. This week, however, a spokesman for Landmark Properties said in a statement they are anticipating a mid-to-late November move-in date:
“We regret that The Standard at Boone was not ready for move-in by mid-October, as was forecasted to our residents. At this time, we are anticipating a mid- to late-November move-in. We have communicated this updated timeline with all of our residents and have given them the option to terminate their leases at no cost or penalty. For those residents who opt to maintain their lease, Landmark Properties will continue to provide temporary living accommodations, as needed, and rental credits at prorated rental amounts for each day they are delayed. We are deeply sorry for the frustrations and inconveniences these construction delays have caused our residents.”
The Standard at Boone is a 561-bed development, and whenever tenants found out that they wouldn’t be able to move in on time, most of the tenants chose the option of having local hotel accommodations provided by the developer. This option included a credit for each day and a $250 gift card upon moving into their apartment.
Jane Pownall of Charlotte is the mother of a future Standard tenant staying in a double-occupied hotel room. Previously, she’s expressed frustration with the delays to High Country Press in late September.
Reach for comment on Friday, Pownell confirmed that tenants were allowed to either break their lease or continue to stay in hotel housing while construction continued.
“We’re going to stick it out. I think they’ve said it’s going to be mid-November,” Pownell said, although she expressed skepticism that it would open by then.
Pownell mentioned that she was surprised that there wasn’t more outrage from tenants regarding this delay but apparently the tenants don’t mind saving some money in the meantime.