It looks like Roseland’s rapid population growth is bound to continue.
An expansion project is set to begin this fall at University Edge Apartments. The construction will increase the number of apartment units at the complex by 50 percent.
“They were marketing primarily to St. Mary’s students because we are on the west side of Notre Dame, because it’s just a quarter mile down from Roseland to the St. Mary’s campus,” said Roseland Town Clerk/ Treasurer Robin Ackerson. “They’ve also ended up with some Holy Cross students. Holy Cross has leased one of the building units for dorms for their students.”
University Edge now has 144 apartment units on its Roseland campus. The expansion means another 72 will be added
When the work is done University Edge could be nearly the same size as Roseland in terms of population. University Edge will have 537 beds, while Roseland’s population is estimated to be 630.
It took a while for some University Edge residents to get up to speed and in tune with the slower pace of life in a small town.
“They had a few speeding tickets because our speed limit here in Roseland is 20 miles lower than it is outside of town and they just didn’t realize they were still in town,” said Ackerson who added, “that’s been the worst of it, absolutely.”
Ackerson says there have been very few noise or party complaints and she’s not surprised. “We kind of expected that things would be low key because it is back to back with our police station.”
Furthermore, an officer with the Roseland Police Department also works security and lives at University Edge.
“Like I say, they pretty much keep to themselves, they’re kind of quiet,” said Roseland resident Larry David Fredenburg. “It’s cool of they want to build something over here, it’s good I think it will help Roseland out a lot and I think they do need the people here to make the town grow a little bit more.”
Meantime, the Logue family quickly grew tired of the imposing view of the three story apartment complex from its back yard, although the matter was handled in a neighborly way. “We asked for a bunch of trees be put up for privacy. To live in the house, and so there's a big fence, bunch of trees to keep the students from looking into our house, and for us to kind of keep a buffer from the light at night,” said Eleanor Logue.
Some actually feel that the students are keeping too low of a profile. The town has organized a picnic for August 23rd designed to bring Roseland residents and the students closer together.
The final phase of construction at University Edge has actually been scaled back from what was originally envisioned.
The last two buildings will have more one and two bedroom units than three and four bedroom units.
As a result, the complex will have 27 fewer beds than called for in the original project plans.