Student Housing Business

SEP-OCT 2018

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PROJECT PROFILE September/October 2018 78 Dressed to the Nines The Nine at Gainesville brings style and a splash of color to the University of Florida's off-campus market. By Randall Shearin and Lynn Peisner 9 908 Group, Kayne Anderson Real Estate Advisors and Batson Cook Development opened their colorful, stylish development, The Nine at Gainesville, this fall. The project com- bines elegant, sophisticated design — that is decidedly not just aimed at a youthful target — with a convenient location just across the street from the University of Florida's main campus. TSB Capital Advisors assisted in putting the development team togeth- er. Forum Architecture and Interior Design was the project's architect, PNC provided the construction loan and Niles Bolton was the interior designer. Asset Campus Housing is managing the community. The 3.67-acre site was acquired in 2017. It sits near the intersection of Archer Road and 13th Street. The four-story apartment building con- tains 179 units, 627 beds and features two interior courtyards. The amenities highlight reel includes a zero-entry pool, commu- nity Jumbotron, fitness center, duck- pin bowling alley, and private study rooms. 908 Group has also teamed up with Forum Architecture and Interior Design on The Nine at Tuscaloosa and The Nine at Tallahassee, which is cur- rently under construction. Architect Renata Lindsey with Forum says the project had to live up to 908's high standards for its devel- opments. "It's important to the devel- opment team that the project looks attractive, modern and clean," she says. "It's got a colorful Florida theme, but it's not childish. It's sophisticated, mature, elegant design." The look blends modern and retro styles, conjuring up the clean lines of mid-century modern design with a sleek modern resort aesthetic. Custom artwork adds unexpected style to the common areas. "We spent a lot of time handpick- ing the art throughout the entire clubhouse," says Brad Wolfe, direc- tor of development at 908 Group. "It's almost an art exhibit of its own walking through our clubhouse with each piece labeled with the artists' 908 Group, Kayne Anderson and Batson Cook developed The Nine at Gainesville. The 627-bed community pedestrian to the University of Florida opened this fall. Amenities and décor at The Nine at Gainesville make the community stand out in the market.

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