Residents building new homes in Conservatory Green have become frustrated with delayed move-in dates due to no power installation. “We’re planning our lives around this stuff, and they’re just stringing us along,” says a resident who wishes to remain anonymous.
She and her husband sold their house in south Stapleton to build their “forever home” in Conservatory Green. They have been given a mid-September move-in estimate, two months later than the original date.
According to the resident, construction began in February. They were told they’d be given 90 days’ closing notice as soon as the drywall was complete, which was projected for May.
“They finished the drywall at the beginning of May, and we didn’t hear anything,” she says. They were told the delay was an issue with Xcel Energy; however, Gabriel Romero, spokesperson for Xcel, is unaware of any issue.
“From our books we’re right on schedule,” he says. “We get an order, and once the developer pays in advance, we go out and fulfill the order in the time we give them. We’re right on track with that.” He believes this is a communication issue between the homebuilders and residents.
Vice president of media relations for Forest City Tom Gleason says issues including a change in contractors and the September flooding added to the delays.
Residents with later move-in dates are seeking short-term living arrangements. The anonymous resident, her husband and their daughter live in a rental home with a month-to-month lease. She says she’s met residents who have moved as many as three times waiting for power to be installed. While she knows she has to anticipate hiccups when building a new home, she is tired of waiting. “We will only have 30 days’ notice to get all our finances and everything together. And we don’t even have a final date for sure.”