AUSTIN (KXAN) - Folks living in a Southeast Austin apartment complex say they're finished with a pile of asphalt outside their units.
KXAN was tipped off to problems outside the Element apartment complex on Royal Crest Drive near Riverside Drive.
Since a new owner took over the complex earlier in the year, workers have been busy installing more energy efficient windows, new door, new siding, and other structural improvements.
A representative for Phoebe Austin LP told KXAN, it is all part of a $4 million renovation project to improve the apartment community.
Five weeks ago, tenant Leonard Foster says workers tore up the lot outside his unit to make way for an on-site park that includes a fire pit, picnic benches, and hammocks.
But soon after that work began, everything stopped, according to Foster. Outside his unit, piles of asphalt remain along with cement and wooden construction debris.
The apartment manager told KXAN that the city of Austin told them they had to stop construction. They needed another permit.
Apartment manager Amy Ford said the complex cannot touch or clean up anything inside the torn up lot or else they'd face more fines.
"I talked with a guy 2 weeks ago and he says 'you're going to have a good look,'" said Foster. "But it's not the good look I am thinking about when they're down. This needs to be removed."
The property owner told KXAN they fully plan to continue with the renovations once they get the permits.
"We are absolutely committed to the [Element Community]," representative Kerry Bowe told KXAN.
KXAN reached out to the Austin Code Compliance Office about the issues but did not receive a response by press time.
While the complex waits on the permits, tenants like Foster have a way out of their complex that does not take them by the broken asphalt, and all tenants have access to parking despite the construction work.
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