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
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!