IN YOUR CORNER: City-funded project delays keep tenants tied up

MANY, Okla. (KFOR– Families were hoping for affordable, luxurious living in the subway. But as deposits have poured in for months, prospective tenants have been stuck wondering when, or if, the Moore apartment complex will ever open.

Some say that The Curve apartment is cursed.

“It’s a money pit,” said Shelly Jordan. “People have been trying to talk to them, join since last January.”

Shelly though was initially captivated by this place after going on a tour earlier this year.

She chose to deposit and pay the registration fee, waiting for when her room will open.

Tara Jones had a similar story a few months earlier.

“I have four kids, ages 3 to 17,” she explains. “I booked my down payment, first month’s rent, I looked everywhere.”

Tara told News 4 she will be moving in mid-March.

But after announcing her former location, she knew her position at The Curve needed more time.

“I’m told it’s not ready yet. We have moved out of another house,” Tara said. “I said that’s fine, we’ll just stay in a hotel.”

Tara said the red-hot rental market and poor credit make it difficult to find another home.

Ongoing promises from Curve management, she added, have not helped.

“[The Curve said] Just stick with us, we appreciate you, we thank you, we got this,” explained Tara. “I was told a few days, then said a few weeks, then a month.”

Shelly Jordan also experienced a similar delay a few months later.

Instead, she chose to stay in her current apartment, demanding a refund from The Curve.

But there’s a problem.

“[The Curve] called, said they received a letter from the company, we cannot return your deposit, as your deposit has been lost,” Shelly said.

According to Shelly, Tara, other complaints against In Your Corner, and online reviews, issues have affected the complex for nearly a year.

Tenants say some openings may have been set back since last winter.

But this is not just any complication. The original plan came from the City of Moore, was one of the last projects funded through federal disaster relief after the deadly 2013 tornado.

The city selected Arkansas-based Belmont Management to run the complex, providing nearly $16 million in an estimated $50 million acquisition.

The planned opening date was originally December 2020.

City officials directed most of our questions to the Belmont Board of Management, but released a statement:

“Unfortunately, there was a significant delay in construction, causing the move-in date to change. The city understands the frustration and difficulty this poses for potential tenants. Construction in times of pandemic has its own set of difficulties.”

Brooks Mitchell, City Manager

News 4 also spoke to Belmont.

The principal of Belmont Development has blamed COVID supply chain problems, city licensing issues, and revenue with their general contractor.

“We’ve had some material shortages, we’ve had trouble procuring equipment, other materials,” said Derrick Hamilton of Belmont Development. “A cease-and-desist order by the city on certain frame inspections it wants to fix.”

When asked why the complex accepts deposits and applications for so many months, while the apartment appears to be nearing its opening date, we were told staff are still in contact with tenants on days off. can be open for sale.

Rhonda Nicholson, President of Belmont Management, said: “The site staff were instructed to contact them, it was a new construction project, and these are the tentative dates, and they put a deposit down. refundable,” said Rhonda Nicholson, President of Belmont Management.

Since our interview, Belmont told our team Shelly has received a refund.

However, Tara, between her stay at the hotel and the deposit on her current living situation, says she is out in the thousands.

“Debt piled up more than I thought it would,” she said.

Belmont officials though predict the first Curve buildings will open in December, and hope those looking for housing in Moore will be patient.

“This is an affordable housing project,” says Derrick. “By far the most beautiful affordable housing project in the state.” IN YOUR CORNER: City-funded project delays keep tenants tied up

Dais Johnston

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