Boise & Garden City

New apartments for Boise State students open late; developer offers credits

Just three days before fall classes start at Boise State University, residents of the new River Edge Apartments were allowed to move into the private off-campus luxury apartments.

The promised move-in date had been Monday, but the apartment wasn’t ready to open. For the inconvenience, every resident received a $200 credit toward the first month’s rent, said apartment spokeswoman Dale McCullough in New Jersey. She said residents will be reimbursed for airline or other expenses the delay caused.

As many as 400 people were expected to move into the apartment building Friday. Mariah Dlugosch, a BSU sophomore from Eagle, was among those hauling boxes of personal items to her fourth-floor apartment. She had to rearrange her work schedule to accommodate the move-in change. She wasn’t sure where her three new roommates were; they were coming from Hawaii and North Dakota.

There were signs the apartments still weren’t ready for the new residents.

“The washer and dryer are not hooked up yet,” Dlugosch’s mother, Connie, said.

River Edge is one of three new private luxury apartment buildings on South La Pointe Street. The other two are Vista East and La Pointe. A fourth building, Vista West, is on nearby South Lusk Place. The apartments are open to anyone, but they are run like student housing with each room leased individually.

The apartments offer amenities such as tanning booths, hot tubs, 24-hour fitness centers and Starbucks coffee machines, the Statesman reported in May.

The four buildings are adding about 1,500 beds to the market. There are about 2,500 beds on the Boise State campus.

A spokesman for Vista East and Vista West said tenants began moving in the first week of August. He said the apartments will be at about 65 percent occupancy by the end of this weekend, and River Edge is about the same.

“We’ve been leasing five to 10 a day over the past week,” said Mike Rieman, a spokesman for Atlanta development company Carter. “We’ve done 35 leases in the past week alone.”

Emily DeYoung, manager of La Pointe, said residents began moving in in early July. The apartment building is at about 30 percent occupancy.

“We’re filling up pretty quickly,” she said.

La Pointe is offering $300 off as a move-in incentive to anyone who signs a lease by Aug. 26. They’ll also be entered in a raffle for $500 in books.