Aspen Heights further delays move-in

Number of units that can move in, official move-in date are still up in air

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DEX ALTAVILLA

Exterior construction on Aspen Heights units still needs finishing.

JOSIAH PIKE, Evergreen reporter

Aspen Heights Pullman aims to let some residents move in by the end of November, which is three months after their initial move-in date. 

“I don’t know whether that means one dwelling or six dwellings, but they have kind of communicated that they expect some level of occupancy later this month,said Matt Young, City of Pullman communications coordinator.

At the beginning of the fall 2022 semester, Aspen Heights told students they would be able to move in at the end of October – one month later than they planned. 

The city of Pullman has been in contact with Aspen Heights’ team every day, but there is no strict deadline as to when Aspen Heights will be complete, Young said. He believes exterior work needing to be finished is a factor in the construction delay. 

“It’s kind of the same status as it’s been lately. The Aspen Heights crews are working, they are progressing. I know that students and anyone else who has signed a lease agreement for those properties are waiting for an announcement as to when that’s going to be,” Young said.

Mark Evans, director of public relations at Threshold Agency, wrote in an email Aspen Heights construction began ahead of schedule but unexpected supply chain challenges have led to the delay.

Construction began in August 2021 with a completion date of August 2022, Young said. 

“While these challenges have altered our projected construction timeline, we will not allow them to hinder the quality of the housing we build,” Evans said. “We pride ourselves on maintaining a standard of excellence when it comes to our developments.”

Students who have questions about the process can contact either the construction office or the developer of Aspen Heights, Young said.

“As far as the city goes, we obviously have the ability to approve things but we’re only gonna approve things when they’re 100% and up to code,” he said. “It would be difficult and impossible for us to know when things are going to happen.”