Campustown Property Management has announced that it will build an addition to Legacy Towers, 119 Stanton Ave., that will include a pool, hot tubs, fitness facilities, grilling areas and fire pits, and three separate decks. Deemed “The Resort,” the facilities are planned to open in August 2012.
The design was by WATTIER architects of Des Moines. The 10,000-square-foot addition will connect to the second level of Legacy Towers.
“Everyone has put forth their best efforts to make sure it’s what people are looking for,” said Mark Zikra, leasing and marketing director of Campustown Property Management. “It was very difficult to keep it quiet.”
The announcement had been kept secretive and was unveiled at a block party Saturday evening. The Nine24 event, named for the date of the unveiling, drew students and community members with free food, inflatables and prizes, in addition to the lure of the big reveal.
“I actually heard rumors before,” said Seth Garrett, senior in psychology. “I think it’s going to be pretty awesome.”
Not everyone was thrilled, however. Johnathan Fusco, sophomore in integrated studio arts, is in his third year living in the house at 127 Stanton, and was planning to continue living there next year. He wasn’t informed until after the party that the house, which is split into several apartments, would be torn down to make way for the new addition.
“Maybe they expected me to go to the block party,” he said. “I think Legacy Tower is an enormous eyesore. I always have a soft spot in my heart for old architecture.”
According to a news release from Campustown Property Management, demolition of the house is scheduled for February, so the facilities can be completed by August.
The Resort will be open to residents of Campustown Property Management, which owns 22 buildings in the area, and their guests. Zikra said they also plan to hold events that will be open to the public.