Ball State students find luxury housing incomplete
A premiere luxury housing complex that's supposed to bring life back to the Village in Muncie isn't opening to fanfare as planned.
Instead, students showed up to find their new homes still in the midst of a construction zone.
13 Investigates first uncovered mold problems at this site earlier this summer. Now, there are new concerns over whether students are getting what they paid for.
The buzz of drilling around the Village Promenade just south of Ball State's campus isn't exactly what student's expected heading back to class.
"Yeah, it was a big surprise coming to this," said Grant Greiwe, a junior marketing major.
Greiwe and 300 others were promised a $55 million luxury complex for up to $850 a month. Instead, the student renters moved into a construction zone.
"We were promised a lot of amenities such as the pool, the weight room and things like that. After working hard all summer to live in a place like this, I don't know, it's just kind of disappointing," he told 13 Investigates.
"I really haven't heard much as to why things weren't done, I just know that they aren't done," added Amber Whitehead, a sophomore.
No students are allowed in the fitness center. Heavy lifting there is reserved for construction workers. The courtyard pool and sun deck is also off limits and the rooftop video screen is nowhere in sight.
"I saw a picture of someone who did have mold in their room," said Greiwe.
13 Investigates uncovered a mold problem at the Promenade back in June after workers concerned about student safety tipped 13 Investigates off. The owners, Investment Property Advisors, spent $150,000 for remediation and say that problem was quickly taken care of.
So what caused the latest construction delays? The owner says a tough winter.
"We worked hard to get the building open and wished they could have opened perfectly," Larry Gough told 13 Investigates.
Gough says each renter will now receive a $150 inconvenience credit.
"I feel like with things not being done, it would have been better to see more or at least to see like the prorated rent for the first month," said Whitehead. "It's better than nothing, but I would have appreciated a little bit more."
But students say they've been promised that many of their amenities will be in place by the end of this month. Gough says he expects most of the work completed within 30 days.