Students Say Their Apartment Complex Is Unsafe

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 CHARLOTTE, NC – Floors caving in and ceilings cracking, forcing residents out of their apartments in the University Area. 

WCCB talked to UNC Charlotte students who were moving their belongings out of their rooms at the Circle Apartments next to UNC Charlotte.
 
Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement posted an order on their door declaring the room unsafe. 
 
“I just want to get out of this complex,” said Julie Book.
 
Book showed WCCB cracks in her ceiling. The cracks started last Friday when the floor caved in the apartment upstairs.
 
Crescent Communities owns the complex. A regional vice president tells WCCB Charlotte the apartment was over capacity – and that’s what caused the damage.
 
“This was absolutely an independent incident, so there is nothing that our residents should be concerned about from a safety standpoint,” said Ben Collins.
 
WCCB checked with city code enforcement and there have been no formal complaints or code violations since the complex opened last year. 
 
Facebook and Twitter pages have been created to be a sounding board for student complaints.
 
The latest post says, “My floor caved in. Also hear this is slowly happening in other apartments. DO NOT LIVE HERE #circlegate.”
 
Other posts refer to maintenance issues and have pictures showing missing fire extinguishers.
 
“Six months after the building is built and they’re already having these problems! This is really early!” said Alex Kunz, a resident.
 
WCCB asked Collins about the student’s concerns.
 
“It is brand new. It does meet or exceed all city building code standards and we are very, very confident of that,” said Collins.