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Developer sets new deadlines for completion of off-campus UofL housing

The Grove was supposed to be completed in time for the start of the fall semester. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The Grove was supposed to be completed in time for the start of the fall semester. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Work is still underway at The Grove. (WAVE 3 News) Work is still underway at The Grove. (WAVE 3 News)
Austin Van Cleave (Source: WAVE 3 News) Austin Van Cleave (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Philip Moore (Source: WAVE 3 News) Philip Moore (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A stressful start to the semester for hundreds of UofL students after they realized their new apartments were far from finished.

Monday night, they told the developer what they want done to make things right. They also voiced their concerns over their safety after an armed robbery and shots were fired into the air at The Grove.

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"It was very stressful, kind of chaotic," said The Grove resident Austin Van Cleave.

That's how he described a town hall meeting Monday night where dozens of UofL students hoped to get answers about when their apartments will be finished.

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"The man acted like he wasn't really ready to take some of the questions," said Van Cleave.

Cameras were not allowed inside the building, but after the meeting several frustrated students said they were promised the construction inside the buildings would be complete by October 1 while amenities such as the pool and courtyard will be done by September 19. The complex was supposed to be ready when the semester started on Aug. 25.

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"The whole reason we decided to live here was for the amenities and everything that we were supposed to get,” resident Philip Moore explained. “It was supposed to be a full package, and so far we are living in a construction zone."

During the meeting, safety was the main concern for many. Some still have no locks on their doors, and the entry gate at the complex has not been completed.

"I hate the fact that I don't feel safe in an apartment that I'm paying to live in,” said Moore.

Adding to the tension, LMPD confirmed on Monday that shots were fired into the air during a domestic dispute near the apartments. And on Saturday night, a man was robbed at gunpoint inside one of the unoccupied buildings.

Students got little answers about the incidents from developer Campus Crest's representative who would only say the crimes were still under investigation.

Campus Crest has offered one month's free rent to all of its residents. It is also paying for 23 students to stay in hotel rooms while work at the complex is completed.

Many hope the new deadlines The Grove is promising will be met.

"For the last year we've had a lot of promises made from this corporation, and so far none of them have been realized," said Moore.

Officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department and the University of Louisville Police Department are working together to help patrol the area even though the complex is off campus.

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