Leaseholders were supposed to move in to the Element housing complex Monday after three months of construction delays, but the leasing agent, Stuho, is once again unsure of a definite move-in date.
Element's management sent out an email to leaseholders on Friday, Oct. 21, informing them that two of the buildings in the housing complex are complete and are fully furnished.
However, tenants still cannot move in because the developer is waiting for the city to grant them necessary certificates.
The email from Stuho said, referring to the developer, "At this point, all they are waiting for is for the city to issue their certificate [of] occupancy so they can finally move you in. As this is unfortunately outside of their control, they do not have a specific date to give you just yet."
Although Stuho could not predict when the city would take this final step, according to the email they expect to hear from them mid-week. In the meantime, displaced Element leaseholders reside in the Da Vinci downtown, where their leases were extended through November.
Students who signed leases with the Element, which is located on the corner of Hoover Street and West Adams Boulevard, are looking forward to a significantly shortened commute to class—the Da Vinci is about a 30-minute commute by car, with traffic, whereas Element would be about a 15-minute walk.
"It'll be a lot easier to get to and from school, rather than having to commit to coming in the morning and staying all the way until late at night," said Element leaseholder Connor McGlynn. "But it's definitely still going to be frustrating because there's going to be construction going on still."
In the email, Stuho urged leaseholders not to make any travel plans in preparation for the final move-in steps. Stuho declined a request from USC Annenberg Media for further comment.
McGlynn, a senior broadcast journalism major, expects his townhome to be ready in a few weeks.
"[I'm going to be] more relieved than excited," he said. "I don't think excited is a good word after months of not being there, but I'll be relieved. And once I'm actually there, I'll believe it."
Others found a way to terminate their contract with Stuho after months of waiting for the building to be completed.
"I was tired of waiting for a shuttle that never came, living in a room that wasn't meant for two and guessing at when I'd have to pack up and move again," said USC senior Christine Yeh.
Yeh and her roommate moved out of Da Vinci and into a small, privately owned apartment complex closer to campus at the beginning of October.
"I terminated my lease because I wanted to finally unpack my bags and feel like I had a space to go home to," she said.