City needs high-rise apartment owner buy-in to fight campus COVID19 surge | #students | #parents

TUCSON (KVOA) – The high-rise building owners around UA may finally be ready to come to the table to assist in the campuses fight against COVID19. 

Tucson city councilman Steve Kozachik says he will have a conference call Tuesday with representatives of the companies that manage off-campus student residence complexes Sol y Luna, Urbane and Aspire. 

Kozachik will ask those companies to agree to allow Rescue Me Wellness to come into those apartment buildings and conduct door-to-door testing for the Coronavirus. 

The same door-to-door testing that has already been conducted at the three Hub Tucson residences and Oliv. Those four facilities are owned by Core Spaces based in Chicago, Illinois. 

In a statement to News 4 Tucson, Core Spaces said:  

Core Spaces remains committed to ensuring resident health and safety is a top priority.  

Our management team has been closely cooperating with local city and health department officials.  

While as landlords, we are prohibited from requiring mandatory testing, we were the first and only off-campus housing owners in Tucson to introduce and facilitate door-to-door testing at all three of our properties in partnership with the City.  

We will continue facilitating door-to-door testing with the City for the foreseeable future. 

We have proactively implemented several protocols utilizing CDC, State, and Local guidelines in addition to our own policies for our buildings since the early part of the pandemic and made adjustments as new information and practices come to light. Getting the virus under control requires the commitment of all members of our community, and we must take care to be vigilant neighbors. 

Statement from Core Spaces on COVID19 protocols in Tucson

SOL is one of eight high-end apartment complexes for UA students in the Main Gate District

At issue is whether or not these management companies can mandate that their residents get tested for COVID19. 

All the apartment complexes in the Main Gate District are off-campus housing. 

Students living in those buildings have the same privacy rights as residents living in any other privately-owned complex within the Tucson community.  

Kozachik says the university must mandate that all off-campus students have a negative test before they can continue with remote learning. 

The Pima County Health Department advised UA on Monday to implement “shelter-in-place” protocols due to the rapid rise in positive cases.

They also went in and shutdown pools and common areas at the high-rise complexes surrounding UArizona. 

Sol y Luna are now owned by Nelson Partners Student Housing, a company based in San Clemente, California. 

GreyStar Real Estate Partners (Charleston, SC) owns Urbane, District on 5th and is building the brand-new Union on 6th which is part of the Historic 4th Avenue revitalization project. 

The Cadence downtown is owned by Coastal Ridge Real Estate (Columbus, OH) while B.HOM Student Living (Dallas, TX) is behind the Aspire complex. 

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