UNC-Charlotte students evacuated from apartments, records indicate building sinking

- Students at UNC-Charlotte were given just hours to move out of their off-campus apartments right in the middle of exams.

More than 80 students at Arcadia Student Living apartments are being told the move was for their safety.

A spokesperson for the apartment complex said last week staff noticed the clubhouse was "settling.” Engineers were called out, and after inspecting the buildings, they called for an immediate evacuation of Building 18 next to the clubhouse.

FOX 46 Charlotte checked Mecklenburg County inspection records, and their notes suggest a structure on the property is sinking.

The inspection records state, “There is evidence under the front of the building viewed from behind and underneath that the soil under the footing has washed out and the foundation is cracking and moving, this will need repairs requiring a building permit. County fire needs to be brought in because part of the building has been closed, and we need everyone involved in life safety and up to speed on repairs. No work beyond evaluation is to take place without a building permit in place."

Casey Casten was out of town for the weekend when she got the news that she has to move out of her apartment.

“We're here to go to school. We shouldn't be worried about where we're living, when we pay rent every month to have a place to live," Casten said. 

Students were given the option to end their lease with the apartment complex. They could also go to a hotel or other Arcadia apartment, or find a temporary place to live with friends and family.

There's no word on how long the testing will take to find out what exactly is causing the structural problems.           



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