Officials say it's a $27 million investment, and the largest private development in that part of the city in decades. University of Rochester students have some brand new housing right on the Genesee River. The housing is all part of the schools plan to create a college town in the Brooks-Genesee neighborhood.
In less than two weeks, Maria Rodriguez will be leaving her mom, and calling the Riverview Student Apartments home. City officials, organizers, and anxious students came together Thursday to celebrate the opening of the complex.
Many students said they couldn't wait to get a glimpse of their new living space. Some of the students said their favorite part about this whole thing is that they're going to have their own bathrooms.
Some parents said they're concerned about where the new apartments are but officials said there's nothing to worry about.
"There will be security, there will be other things here, but that goes on in any place anywhere in any campus across America,” State Senator Joe Robach said.
U of R President Joel Seligman said he's hoping these apartments will bridge the college and neighborhood.
"We are all one community and that's what we're here celebrating today," said Seligman.
It took only ten months to get the development up and running. City officials said this is just the beginning of what's yet to come in that area. They said over the next few months they expect a tremendous amount of growth, including new restaurants, shops, and a hotel.
The apartment complex includes five buildings, 120 units, and will house 400 students.