From the outside, Jefferson Place Apartments is on the verge of completion. With a few minor touches and some quick cleanup, tenants will start to truck in their stuff on the first of July. That gives crews on the inside less than two weeks to finish.
"We've had some setbacks and time I'd love to have back right now. Our main goal is to have the building ready. Have it to occupy," John Given, project manager, said.
"I have driven by so many times and when I drive by, I think, 'gee, it looks like it's always been here," Sharon Hall, an employee of CAMC said.
Sharon Hall works for CAMC, but she's also a nearby neighbor in Charleston's East End.
"This particular location has been vacant for so long. It's really done a lot for the neighborhood. I'm hoping it brings more families and young families into this neighborhood," Hall said.
This two story building will house med students and residents at CAMC.
While it's just apartments to most, this complex will help the hospital with some crucial recruiting.
"For us to have the housing available and for it to be so convenient to them, where they're going to work, it's a recruitment tool. Enhances their impression of Charleston and CAMC," Hall said.
"The finished product has a residential feel to it. It's nice to get into that and away from commercial things we're more accustomed to doing," Given said.
A project that looks promising for the city's East End. City leaders agree it's a step in the right direction.
Jefferson Place has more than twenty unfinished apartment units for families and single students or physicians. It will also provide tenants with gated parking for security.