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Unfinished business at new apartment complex

Unfinished business at new apartment complex

Unfinished business at new apartment complex
September 17
07:58 2013

Mollie Jamison / Staff Writer

Unfinished construction at 33 Degrees North, a new apartment complex on Eagle Drive, has delayed 275 residents from moving in on Aug. 16.

More than 50 residents still have not been placed in their designated units, and the displaced residents were given the option to stay in a temporary unit, stay in a hotel and receive a check for $30 per day for food and gas or make accommodations of their own.

“On one side we kind of understand the residents, and on the other side we’re trying to deal with information that the construction company is giving us so we can best relay that to our residents,” said apartment manager Matthew Chase. “It’s not always accurate, obviously, and our business is not construction, it’s managing the student housing.”

Radio television and film junior Jason Pollard said when he was notified that his apartment wasn’t ready he chose to stay in a temporary unit, but was then notified that his temporary unit wasn’t ready. Because of the delay, Pollard stayed at a hotel from Aug. 22-31 before moving into a temporary unit.

Pollard also said that he did not receive his stipend check when promised, which put him in a financial bind last month.

“There’s been really bad miscommunication between the construction crew, the management and us that has led to parking annoyances and threats of towing,” Pollard said. “Not to mention, they’ve given me, ‘you’ll get it next week,’ for the stipend check they promised after the hotel stay.”

Chase said management has no say on the construction’s completion date. He said KWA Construction, based in Addison, was contracted for the building project.

“The only thing I would say is it’s construction delays that are out of the control of the management,” Chase said. “Obviously, we’re doing everything in our power. If I had a hammer, I’d love to be out there getting the building complete. But on my end, it’s basically to make the transition as smooth as possible.”

Human resource management junior Kelsi Harrison stayed at the Holiday Inn from Aug. 16-Sept. 6 while her apartment was being worked on. On Sept. 6, she was mistakenly kicked out of her room at the hotel and moved into a temporary unit at 33 Degrees North. She said her name was accidently put on the list of people moving out of the hotel that day.

“I got a knock on my hotel door saying that I was supposed to check out at noon and that I had to be out in 20 minutes because they had already rented out my room,” Harrison said.

Harrison said she chose to live at 33 Degrees North because it is brand new and right on the edge of campus. She said the complex is also located near her sorority house.

When asked two weeks ago, Harrison said it was worth the wait.

“Me and my roommates signed our lease in November, so we had been looking forward to moving into our apartment since fall of last year,” Harrison said. “The fact that we’re still not in our apartment is really sad, but I have been inside some of the apartments and it’s definitely worth the wait. They are really nice.”

Since Harrison’s move-in date was pushed back for a third time, she said she regrets signing the lease.

“If I could go back and do it all over again, I would have never signed a lease with 33 North,” Harrison said. “I would’ve chosen a different place to live”

Harrison and Pollard said their current move-in date is set for Sept. 18. Chase said that the construction team plans to be finished and gone from 33 Degrees North by Oct. 15.

“It’s ridiculous, I’ll leave my room and just see all these rooms that aren’t even half done,” Pollard said. “Those empty rooms are peoples’ homes, you know? I don’t understand how they got so ridiculously behind schedule.”

KWA Construction did not return a Monday afternoon phone call.

 The 33 Degrees North Apartment development at the intersection of Eagle Drive and Bernard Street is under construction past schedule. Feature photo by Zac Switzer / Contributing Photographer 

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