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Greenville increases maximum housing occupancy for off-campus ECU students

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GREENVILLE — Some East Carolina University students living off-campus are now able to have more people living in the houses they rent.

The city of Greenville voted Thursday night to allow four non-related people to live in a house in an off-campus neighborhood as part of a revitalization plan. With the new four students to a house rule and stricter enforcement, the city hopes to revitalize the area.

“The key is not the number of renters that is negligible, the key is enforcement; in parking, in how people take care of their neighborhood and safety. We're excited about this initiative and what we expect this to do to uplift the edge of our campus area,” said Mayor Allen Thomas.

The city notes students must meet very specific guidelines and pass inspections, proving they have four bedrooms and three parking spaces. But not everyone in the neighborhood is happy about it.

“I am dead set against it for many reasons but for one thing; the parking in this neighborhood is just ridiculously difficult and having more people to a house means there will be more cars that need to be parked,” said Greenville resident Barbara Caspar.

Implementation of the new rule is to go into effect toward the end of next year

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