Owner of the Valley Liquor Shop Teri Thielges has expanded her business horizons with the construction of high-end student apartments to be located behind her storefront. After presenting alongside O’Donnell & Associates for approval from Geneseo’s Zoning Board of Appeals, Thielges expressed hopes to have completed the apartments by fall of 2015. Prior to construction, only a mini storage unit sat behind Valley Liquor, which Thielges decided to eliminate in order to create room for 3 small apartments. She said that this project is the brainchild of her son, a recent Geneseo graudate. Each unit will be created for two roommates and will be equipped with a custom kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom and unique additions such as fireplaces.
The exterior of the apartments will include stone landscaping and greenery, which Thielges hopes will give the location a “cool, downtown” atmosphere.
The demand for high quality, off-campus living from students has motivated Thielges to provide this different type of atmosphere. The two-person offerings will provide options in addition to the two-person apartments currently available elsewhere in Geneseo.
“This will definitely increase some of the consumer traffic up on Main Street,” Main Street Manager senior Lauren Hollasch said. “It will also give students a really ‘off-campus’ environment. There currently aren’t a lot of students living on that side of town.”
“I have a vision for better student living,” Thielges added. “I take pride in Geneseo, which has motivated me to invest in this nicer space.”
The apartments will be available to rent upon completion.