In August, thousands of residents at Meyerland's Nob Hill apartments went from living in a quiet complex to being part of a swinging college housing facility, complete with shirtlessness and extreme sports -- and for some reason, the transition was less than smooth.
The experiment ends next week, when the last of the Texas Southern University students who lived four to a furnished two-bedroom (for the low-low price of $321 a month each!!) will move out for the summer. TSU had an agreement with the expansive complex's management company -- an arrangement that, probably thanks to residents' complaints, won't be revisited in the fall.
Could it have been the poor communication between management and residents?
"A banner went up one Saturday or Sunday over the clubhouse door telling TSU students to come in, sign paperwork and pick up keys," one resident, who asked not to be named, tells us in an e-mail. "Nob Hill residents were never told anything about this -- and to this day, we have received no communication from the management company or the ownership about it."
Of course, relationships can sour when episodes with names like "the paintball incident" go down.
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"There is supposed to be a TSU security guard on the property, but I have only seen him once -- when the paintball incident occurred," the resident says, referring to the time a couple of TSU students turned the complex into their personal paintball park.
Though some older long-term leaseholders left Nob Hill because of their new neighbors -- we hope this was because of the students' habits and not their race -- it apparently wasn't like living next to the Delta Tau Chi house, or anything.
"I was glad that I never saw any stereotypical college behavior -- public intoxication, throwing up over the balcony railing, etc. Several residents told me that the students in their areas were loud, obnoxious, etc., but I never observed this myself," says the resident, who did describe the late-night parking lot scene as "shirts optional."
A Nob Hill representative referred our questions to her supervisor. She did mention, though, that Asset Plus manages the complex now, and a different company, Preferred Communities, made the TSU deal. (She said the agreement "wasn't a really good fit.") No response yet from said supervisor or the TSU housing department, but we'll let you know if we hear back.