For the second time in as many weeks, future tenants of the remodeled McCurdy building have learned their move in dates have been pushed back, according to emails obtained by Eyewitness News. The latest delay, which could be from 10 to 17 days, is due to a number of small, minor issues that need to be rectified before a final inspection can take place, said Building Commissioner Ron Beane.
The historic McCurdy building has been under construction since 2015. Local developer The Kunkel Group plans to turn the former hotel into more than 100 apartment units and commercial space. The estimated cost of the project is $10 million. The first batch of tenants were set to move into their units by late March or early April. However, tenants were notified in late March that their move in dates were pushed back to April 14th, according to emails obtained by Eyewitness News.
However, the project manager notified tenants on Monday that their move in dates were pushed back to April 21st or perhaps April 28th, according to the email.
“We are doing everything possible to move forward as quickly as we can. We want to make sure that we 100% ready when it comes to our fire and safety, and our building inspections,” said project manager Shelby Render.
Building Commissioner Ron Beane said a building inspector did a walk through of the McCurdy on Tuesday morning. The survey yielded a lot of things that needed to be corrected, Beane said. While all the issues were deemed to minor, they must be corrected before a final inspection can take place, Beane said.
“It’s been a work in progress and we’re out there regularly helping them through their issues,” Beane said. “[The Kunkel Group is] getting real close to the end. Obviously, as a developer, they want to get people in there as soon as they can but there are some things that they understand need to be fixed.”
According to the email sent to prospective tenants, those who have decided that they cannot wait any longer can have their deposits refunded. Those that have been able to stick it out have been staying at other Kunkel Group properties free of charge.
“When you go into an older building and you start remodeling and renovating, it’s just a little adventure every day,” Beane said. “That’s just been the course of this project.”
Beane said the Kunkel Group, which is headed up by brothers Ben and Adam Kunkel, have maintained positive communication with the Building Commission. The open dialogue has allowed the Kunkels to ask questions periodically through the renovation process, Beane said.
“I think you have to have a little love for this kind of project to even undertake it because financially it may not have been the most lucrative project to take on but I think it’s going to be a great asset for the community,” Beane said. “I’m really happy it’s going to be salvaged.”
Assuming the issues can be corrected and the building passes its final inspection, Beane said it’s entirely possible that tenants could move in later this month.
“The Kunkel brothers will do everything in their power to get it done sooner rather than later,” Beane said. “It’s just up to them how quickly they can get things done. I think definitely by the end of the month, they would be in there.”
The Kunkel Group did not respond to requests for comment.