|From "Anti-Grove" Facebook
|COLUMBIA, 9/13/11 (BeatByte) -- Eight months after a 5-part Columbia Heart Beat series reported myriad nationwide problems with a student apartment developer bound for Columbia, local students are encountering many of the same difficulties.
On January 23, the Heart Beat began its series on the sexual harassment lawsuits; angry resident protests; unpaid contractor liens; shoddy workmanship claims; and employee grievances facing Campus Crest Communities, a publicly-held student apartment developer that had just received unanimous approval from Columbia's Planning and Zoning Commission to build a 632-bedroom student housing community called The Grove across 12.5 acres on Grindstone Parkway and Rock Quarry Road. No one on the zoning board knew anything about the company's problems.
Despite the reports, the Campus Crest project went on to receive full, unquestioning approval from the Columbia City Council.
With the start of the school year, the Columbia Missourian and Tribune reported that students face move-in delays; workmanship problems; and other issues that mirror those earlier reported by the Heart Beat.
"Ashley Zavala was finally able to move into her new apartment at The Grove at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Six hours later, she had packed up and moved out," the Trib reported. "'It was that bad,' the University of Missouri senior said."
"As with any business, it's impossible to satisfy all your customers, although we try our best," Campus Crest CEO Ted Rollins told the Heart Beat in an exclusive interview, part 4 of our series. "We believe the quality of our buildings is outstanding, and even superior to that of our industry peers."