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The Vista investigates non-student leases
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The Vista leasing agent Cristian Lopez shows Arielle Compton the complexs available apartment floor models on Friday. - photo by ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal

New Turlock student housing complex The Vista is coming under scrutiny for allegedly leasing rooms to individuals who are neither college students or faculty, which is in violation of conditions in the project’s use permit.

When the Turlock City Council approved a General Plan Amendment in September 2015 to allow for the construction of the three four-story apartment complexes across from Stanislaus State on Monte Vista Avenue that make up the The Vista, they made a number of conditions for the project to move forward. One of those conditions was that the complex only be rented to adult students and that a deed restriction be recorded on the property limiting occupancy to students 18 years and older to ensure the project remains a student complex in perpetuity.

Recently, the City of Turlock received a report from an anonymous source that The Vista is leasing to individuals who are not either students or faculty of the university, according to Deputy Director of Development Services and Planning Manager Debbie Whitmore.

“The City is investigating the matter and has notified the Coleraine Capital Group that this practice violates the conditions of approval for the project and must be corrected,” said Whitmore.

On Friday, Turlock Journal reporter Angelina Martin visited The Vista leasing office where Arielle Compton was looking for an apartment for herself and her school-aged daughter. Compton said she was not a college student, just looking for an available apartment.

When asked by Martin, The Vista leasing agent Cristian Lopez said that rooms were available to the general public, including families with children.

“At first, we do cater to our students since it’s going to be a student environment, but at the end of the day if you’re completely fine with it, there’s space available and you’re completely comfortable with it then you can live here,” said Lopez.

David Moon, president of Coleraine Capital Group, which partnered with AMCAL Equities for the project, said that he was contacted by the City about the possible non-student leases and was speaking with Asset Campus Housing, the property management company contracted to operate the complex, about the complaints.

Out of the 466 leases, eight of them could possibly be to non-students or faculty members, according to Moon. He said his company will be doing an audit over the weekend and will take steps to rectify any noncompliant leases.

 “We made a commitment to the community in all the conditions of approval and we plan to honor that,” said Moon.