‘It’s a nightmare:’ Students and parents react to moving into an unfinished Grove

By on August 23, 2014

By Simon Isham and Jacob  M. Abrahamson

Some students were finally able to move into The Grove apartment complex today after months of anticipation.

It was unknown to the future occupants what state the apartments would be in upon their arrival, and some unhappy residents were unable to move in at all, mainly due to a lack of running water in their rooms.

“We’ve been here all day long trying to work something out.  It’s a nightmare.  I feel bad because I don’t know what he’s going to come back to tomorrow,” said Anne Donnermeyer, the mother of a student who could not move in.

Her son, Andrew, who plans to live with a friend until completion of his room, expressed concern about being able to get to his classes on Monday.  “They say it’s tomorrow but I don’t really trust that, it could be a couple days.  But, I mean, school’s on Monday so I gotta be down here.”

Other students were able to move in and found their rooms properly put together, but still had many issues with the state of the building.

“There’s some windows missing past the the first floor.  It’s hot as hell,” said Kavan Caldwell.  “I paid to have a building that’s completed and it’s not finished.”

“It went pretty well, there were a lot of issues with the room though.  Our room in particular had a problem with the AC,” said Landon Lauder.  “Some people’s water heaters were not working.  Some people had leaks everywhere.  Our floor had scuff marks.”

Another student, Sarah Erhart, expressed displeasure over having to pay rent for an unfinished building.  “I paid over a thousand dollars for July and August.  Nothing’s complete, and what they have done is just really shoddy.”

It should be noted that, when asked, some students said that they did not pay for rent over the summer.  It is unknown why this discrepancy exists.

Other students complained about the overall organization of moving in.  “I stood in an eight-person line for an hour and a half,” said Skylar Hermann.

Her father, Mark Hermann, agreed with this sentiment.  “They had to stand in a line that evidently was very disorganized.  Last year Bettie was a lot more organized”

“I feel like they all mean well but there just in a situation with the construction and all that going on that there just not able to do as much as they want to,” said Linda Jeoung.

“It’s been kind of stressful,” said Sam Phillips.  “One of the most stressful move-in days since I’ve been up here at college.”

The following photos were taken while walking through The Grove. Students walking through the halls had access to all areas pictured here.

About Simon Isham

Simon Isham is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Louisville Cardinal, where he has worked since 2012. For his reporting at the Cardinal, he has won awards from the Kentucky Press Association and the Louisville chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has also written for LEO Weekly and Insider Louisville. He graduated in December 2014.

One Comment

  1. David Pagan

    August 24, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Concerning the summer rent issue, I believe it’s a misunderstanding about the July payment. The July payment refers to July 2015, not 2014. By paying for the last month up front, that serves as a security deposit for residents.

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