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Grand Forks student apartments face delays

Work continues on The Grove apartments near the Alerus Center off 42nd St. S. on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Kile Brewer/Grand Forks Herald

Employees at The Grove Apartments office in Grand Forks greet callers by saying “It’s a Great Day at The Grove.”

But some soon-to-be residents hoping to move into their apartments Aug. 23, the original move-in date for the new 600-bed complex on South 42nd Street that is still under construction, have received some not so great news over the past few days.

This week, some residents have received calls informing them that move-in dates have been delayed to complete construction, and that they have two alternatives in the meantime.

The apartment complex is aimed at student renters, many of whom would be starting classes at UND Aug. 25 or 26.

Julia Charles, who will be a senior at UND this fall, has a lease signed at The Grove and is planning on living with two friends, but she said she received a call and a voice mail message from the company a few days ago and was told that three of the buildings had not been completed.

Charles said she was given the option to choose from five different hotels, and that breakfast and dinner would be provided, as well as a shuttle between campus and the hotel. A storage unit would also be provided, but Charles said the woman she spoke with from the Grove didn’t know what company would be providing the storage unit.

The other option, Charles said, was to decline the hotel offer and have rent pro-rated until she was able to move in, which she said The Grove claimed could be as late as the first or second week in September.

“I’m just mad about it,” Charles said.

Tyler, a manager at the Grand Forks office who declined to give his last name, said he didn’t have any comment on the move-in delays. But according to a statement in a June 17 Herald article, Nichol Gilje, the general manager of The Grove in Grand Forks, said leases for the apartments have a clause stating that residents will be put up in hotels if the apartment buildings are not completed on time.

Campus Crest, the Charlotte, N.C., company that builds The Grove and other student housing complexes across the country, did not return a voicemail requesting comment.

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