Construction Caprice Creates Urban Dilemna

The newly installed brick facade went up on our building just a few weeks ago.

The newly installed brick facade went up on our building just a few weeks ago.

With our move-in date set, and the 60 day cut-off date approaching in our present building, we submitted our “Notice to Vacate” form last week.   It was a bit tearful for me, leaving the place where I had raised my teenage daughter, where John and I celebrated our wedding reception and finally, where my staff and advisory board had started our new mission-based company, WeCo.

Shortly after handing in the notice, we learned that our next apartment destination was experiencing construction delays.  An email from the leasing office informed us that only 25 units had been completed to the point of occupancy and the common areas were no where near complete.   Some of our new building’s tenants were being placed in other rental buildings and others had found a way to delay their move. Further information told us that the large city-wide apartment and condo building boom in the Twin Cites meant that nearly all the buildings under construction were experiencing delays in balcony shipments because most were using the same vendor.

By chance I encountered, Gina, a Village Green leasing agent, at a Chamber of Commerce event at the Ordway last week.  She had shown  John and me a few apartment units  in the past and we ran into each other on occasion.  I had the perfect expert to consult about the possibility of the construction caprice affecting our move in date–which I was certain would be resolved, come late November.  “Don’t be so sure about that,” Gina cautioned.  “You have to figure that the delay will set everything back accordingly.  If the initial move-in is delayed four weeks, than your move in might be delayed four weeks.”

Moving to a brand new apartment in an emerging neighborhood is exciting, as neither of us had ever lived in a newly constructed home

The phone pic I snapped of the construction crew installing the living room window in our new apartment.

The phone pic I snapped of the construction crew installing the living room window in our new apartment.

before.  However, that excitement has now been enhanced by not knowing if our home may be ready for us when our move in date arrives.   We’ve reached out to our new building staff and are patiently awaiting an answer (as have, we imagine, about 100 other new future residents.)  Until then, we can only hope that we’ll have something to move into in two months time.

A few weeks ago I happened to walk by the building just as the construction crew was installing the living room window in our unit,  Hoping that’s a positive sign completion is close!


3 thoughts on “Construction Caprice Creates Urban Dilemna

  1. UPDATE! John and I visited the building yesterday and learned that our apartment has already been completed! The issue with construction delays is prevalent throughout the North Loop due to supply/demand issues, so our sympathy is with any new tenants who are having to wait to move into their new homes.

    Thank you to Peter, our Solhavn leasing agent, for taking the time to show us our newly finished home and addressing our concerns!

  2. I wonder if the new Penfield in downtown St Paul is also having problems with getting their balconies delivered. They installed a few and then seemed to stop. They look like the same type that Solhavn is using.

    • Interesting observation, Carla. Thank you. I think that is entirely possible. Apparently balconies and other building supplies are short due to the large amount of construction going on all over the region.

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