River Gate Project Featured in Columbus Business First

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Columbus Pacific Properties and Homestead U to co-develop new off-campus student housing at Ohio University

By Brian R. Ball, Staff Reporter

ExteriorColumbus-based Homestead U (a division of Homestead America) will expand its student housing portfolio in Athens next summer with an apartment project currently under construction.

Homestead U and California-based Columbus Pacific Properties have the 232-bed River Gate student housing project on Ohio University’s South Green under construction next to three other properties they have owned and managed for the past three years. The two, three, and four bedroom apartments will join River’s Edge, River Park and River Annex in Homestead U and CPP’s Athens portfolio, marketing director Kathryn Benadum told me.

The River Gate project, slated for an August 2016 opening, will offer higher-end finishes and amenities than the existing buildings, according to a news release.


New Student Housing Projects in Athens, Ohio, and Starkville, Mississippi.

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Homestead U and Homestead Development Partners have begun construction of both River Gate Apartments in Athens, Ohio, and HELiX Starkville in Starkville, Mississippi. Both are slated to begin pre-leasing in September for Fall 2016 move-ins. River Gate Leasing and Marketing Manager, Jazzma Grim, and HELiX Leasing and Marketing Manager, Janelle Gagle, have hit the ground running in preparation for lease up.

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