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23 UofL students staying in hotel due to unfinished apartments

Crews could be seen on the first day of classes at UofL continuing to work on the bulilding. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Crews could be seen on the first day of classes at UofL continuing to work on the bulilding. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Nearly two dozen University of Louisville students were unable to move into their college apartments as classes were set to start on Aug. 25 because the brand new housing complex was not ready.

There was a lot of confusion at the The Grove, an off-campus student apartment complex, on Saturday.

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Students and parents were getting the runaround, and now the development's management is apologizing. UofL officials say they are unhappy and disappointed the apartment complex wasn't ready as promised.

When Chloe Stephens got the keys to her three bedroom apartment at The Grove on Saturday, it was not what she expected.

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"The appliances weren't installed, there were cracks over the walls and stuff like that," said Stephens. "The furniture was missing, the hallway carpet wasn't laid down or anything."

Instead of three bedrooms, The Grove staff told Stephns she could move into a two-bedroom unit, prompting one of her roommates to regroup and live with somebody else.

"It was like the only way they could get us in the building," said Stephens.

While 483 UofL students were able to move into The Grove, 23 had to be placed in a nearby hotel.

"The question of what exactly went wrong, well, during a two-year period, there are several things that get you ahead and get you behind," said Rob Dann, chief operating officer of Campus Crest, which develops, builds and operates student housing communities, including The Grove.

Dann said Campus Crest takes full responsibility and has crews working around the clock the get the remaining students moved in.

This isn't the first time Campus Crest has seen delays in their student housing. The Grove in Columbia, Missouri reportedly had similar issues in 2011, and this year in North Dakota, some students weren't able to move in.

"We had a couple in our history, and each one has its unique situation," said Dann. "In Grand Forks, North Dakota, it's obviously very different weather conditions than it is in other parts of the country."

Attorney Dennis Carrithers said tenants have rights according to state law.

"If the lease says your unit will be ready on August 24 or 23 or whatever the date is, and you show up and it's not ready, the tenant has the option to give the landlord written notice that they are terminating the lease in five days," said Carrithers.

While the 23 students are expected to move in within a couple days, parts of the complex will still be unfinished. The courtyard area with the pool is still a couple weeks away from completion. 

UofL officials said they demanded that The Grove give every student living there one month free of rent and that Campus Crest agreed.

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