USU college students scramble for housing after residence building delays

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Dozens of Utah State University students have just learned that the apartment complex they were planning to move into before the start of the school year is not yet ready to move into. (Mike Anderson, KSL-TV)

LOGAN, Utah – Dozens of Utah State University students have just learned that the apartment complex they were planning to move into before the start of the school year is not ready for residents.

The impact of the pandemic on wood prices is partly to blame, but students who spoke to KSL-TV said they would not understand why they were not informed earlier, although it seems clear to them that these apartments are far from finished .

“There has been no progress on the building since May, and at least it looked like I was driving past,” said Conner Carlile, who is from Salt Lake.

He said being right across campus was a big draw, but now “it’s just extremely frustrating, the lack of communication is terrible”.

“It would have just been nice to know earlier,” said Carlile, adding that there had been trouble from the start. For weeks he has suspected the worst.

“There was no communication with the company until a few days ago,” he said. “Two weeks before moving in, they announced that the building would not be finished.”

In an email to hopeful tenants in Block 800, it is said that the project is unfortunately suffering persistent construction delays due to COVID-19 and the enormous shortage of building materials.

With the explosive development of new buildings throughout the Salt Lake subway and airport area, it has been an unprecedented construction period.

KSL-TV tried to reach out to contractor Nelson Brothers but received no response.

Part of an 800 block letter to USU students.  Dozens of Utah State University students have just learned that the apartment complex they were planning to move into before the start of the school year is not yet ready to move into.Part of an 800 block letter to USU students. Dozens of Utah State University students have just learned that the apartment complex they were planning to move into before the start of the school year is not yet ready to move into. (Photo: 800 block)

“It’s just annoying,” said Nate Henry. “I have no time for that.”

Henry is in the same boat as Carlile while he has two jobs in his hometown in Virginia.

“The lease should start on the 23rd and the school should start on the 30th. I have 20 days to find an apartment,” said Henry.

And this isn’t the first time Nelson Brothers has encountered this problem.

As KSL reported in 2015, the delayed construction of The Factory apartments in the state of Utah also caused students to mess up.

Utah State University officials said they are trying to make room for some of these students who have been told they can get out of their lease with 800 blocks. They encourage anyone affected by the changes to contact the school as soon as possible.

University officials told KSL-TV they had turned to Block 800 to help them contact the displaced students, but heard no response.

×Mike Anderson

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