Tech Students Staying in Hotels After Apartments Failed Inspection - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/29/07

Tech Students Staying in Hotels After Apartments Failed Inspection

It's been a rough start to a new semester for more than 140 Texas Tech students after the building they were suppose to move into failed its city inspection. 

Most students are settled in and getting into the groove of being back at campus, but for these students they are temporarily living in hotels until the apartments they were suppose to move into passes city inspection. Friday, city code inspectors say "U-Lofts", in the 1-thousand block of University weren't up to code. The problem comes down to electrical and fire alarm issues.

The building used to be the "University Plaza" and has been under renovation for the last year and a half. To compensate students, U Lofts developer Dean Minardi is paying ten thousand dollars a day to keep students in hotels instead. 

Minardi says, "The biggest issue is the fire alarm system. Which we thought would be ready but it wasn't ready." There will be another inspection Wednesday, that Minardi says he's ready for and expects students to start moving in Thursday.

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