After walking up Thayer Street dozens of times a day, Brown students have become accustomed to passing the 257 Thayer construction site without a second thought. However, now that the complex is ready for leasing, 257 Thayer is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. This year’s batch of 267 residents will be the first to experience its prime location, all-inclusive amenities, and fun, community-building activities.
One of the features of 257 Thayer that sets it apart from other apartments in Providence is that 257 Thayer is all-inclusive. Renting one of the complex’s single, double, or three-person apartments comes with utilities, furniture, cable TV, Wi-Fi, heating and air conditioning, and access to the complex’s state-of-the-art gym. Everything a student may need in their apartment is provided and included in the monthly rent. No extra purchases necessary.
Heather Rojas, manager of 257 Thayer, says, “We specialize in student housing. We understand what student needs are and try to meet them. We have a maintenance and service team on site and available for residents at anytime.” If student-residents have issues, 257 managers will talk to students about the problem rather than immediately implementing lease repercussions. “We like to do business family style,” Rojas says.
In keeping with Brown University’s commitment to environmentalism, 257 Thayer is Silver LEED certified, meaning the complex reduces its energy by 30% compared to other buildings of its size. 257 Thayer’s other eco-friendly features include solar panels on the roof, insulation that saves energy, electric car charging stations, and a commitment to decreasing carbon emissions through biking.
Located in the basement level of 257 Thayer are numerous bike racks, encouraging students to choose eco-friendly transportation and make use of Providence’s new bike path that will connect East Bay and College Hill. Moreover, 257 will host a bicycle benefit, during which residents can bring their bike helmets to the 257 Thayer office and receive a helmet sticker that allows them to get discounts at places such as Spectrum India, NOW Yoga, and many more local businesses.
Perhaps the most unique feature of 257 Thayer is its emphasis on community. Rojas says, “We will have events with various merchants on Thayer and will bring in local artists and musicians as well. We want to help bring Thayer Street back to what it used to be.” 257 Thayer’s commitment to community interaction can already be seen in the parklet outside the Brown University Bookstore, built by 257 Thayer for the spring, summer, and fall months.
257 Thayer hopes to build a close community with its residents as well as with the city of Providence. The apartment complex includes a courtyard which features fire pits, gas grills, and an abundance of seating so residents can hang out and interact with one another. There will also be a clubhouse in which many community-building events such as “Waffle Wednesday” and a monthly social, typically relating to a holiday or seasonal event, will take place.
257 Thayer’s decision to have a mascot for the apartment complex also reflects its emphasis on community. Rojas says, “The sculptor who made the Brown bear statue that stands outside the Nelson Fitness Center is making an Indian rhino named Rafi for us.” In addition to this unique sculpture, the lobby of 257 Thayer will feature an illustration done by a RISD graduate of “an artistic rendering of Brown’s campus,” says Rojas.
To find out more about what 257 Thayer has to offer, the leasing office, located at 286 Thayer Street, is hosting a haunted house on October 28. The event will have free food from Kartabar, a raffle for a $100 VISA gift card, and a craft activity such as bottle painting. The event is open to leaseholders (especially those hoping to find a 257 roommate!) as well as anyone interested in learning more about the 257 Thayer apartments.
Stop by the 257 Thayer lease office soon because apartments are selling fast! Rojas expects leasing to end by the end of November or the first week of December. Come by the Haunted Open House to secure your spot in a community-building, eco-friendly, student-accommodating, and all-inclusive apartment complex. See you there!