The Jolly Roger

New student housing development The Jolly Roger under construction.

Construction on student living complexes, such as the Jolly Roger apartment complex, will resume to finish the projects on time even as fears surrounding the coronavirus may continue to rise.

Todd Saieed, the CEO of DeWitt Carolinas, a real estate developer based out of Raleigh, said that the company is continuously monitoring the status of the coronavirus in order to continue to ensure the safety and health of their workers.

“We are following all local and federal guidelines, and we have implemented best practices at all of our job sites to protect not only our employees, subcontractors, and suppliers, but also the communities around us,” Saieed said.

The Jolly Roger apartment complex, which is being built on the corner of East 14 St. and Charles Boulevard, began construction during the fall 2019 semester.

Saieed said that the construction of the apartment complex has been ahead of schedule and that all activities will continue on the job site.

“The site encompasses two city blocks, allowing for plenty of space between workers and full compliance with social distancing guidelines,” Saieed said.

DeWitt Carolinas has worked closely with the contracting companies it hired to do the construction in order to implement safety protocols and a series of procedures in order to guarantee the safety of all who are working on the apartment complex, according to Saieed.

With the current uncertainty surrounding everything due to the coronavirus, Saieed said that DeWitt Carolinas is prepared to make any adjustments to their plans and schedules regarding the apartment complex as the situation develops.

“We are incredibly proud to be part of the Pirate community, and we remain optimistic that the Jolly Roger Student Housing project will be ready to welcome students in the Fall of 2021,” Saieed said.

Clay Knox, a junior public health major, said that while he wants any construction to be finished around town to decrease the amount going on, he still wants everyone to stay safe and not contract the virus.

Knox said he has been tracking the virus outbreak very closely since February, and he fears that if the people of Greenville don’t start taking it seriously, things may get worse.

“I don’t want the world to shut down or anything, and I obviously don’t want people to lose their jobs because of this, it’s just a scary time and I don’t want any unnecessary pain and sickness,” Knox said.

Knox said he lost his job as a waiter at Olive Garden due to the dine-in restrictions placed on restaurants because of the coronavirus. Even though he said he fears for the health and safety of those who go to the work site everyday, Knox still wants the construction to continue and for those involved to keep their jobs.

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