North Carolina university ponders changes to troubled dorms
Aug. 28, 2018
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Administrators at a North Carolina university are considering potential changes to five apartment-style dormitories which officials have designated as safety risks.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports UNC Asheville hasn't said when the changes will occur or determined how students will be impacted.
The State Construction Office issued a certificate of occupancy earlier this month, but the N.C. Department of Insurance barred students from moving in for the new school year. Students were allowed to return under an agreement that puts four Asheville firefighters in an apartment.
Citing documents, the newspaper reported signs of problems with the $34 million project surfaced at least as early as May. The insurance department said it found construction issues that would make the buildings less able to withstand a fire and make escape harder for residents.
Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com