WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Students at The Hub on Campus are experiencing a more secured living space since an early morning shooting at the rooftop pool on Sunday, Sept. 15. The changes come after the City of West Lafayette stepped in to enforce the security improvements.
On Thursday, West Lafayette leaders met with the Core Spaces management team who own 'The Hub on Campus" franchise.
West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis said the city was not backing down during their conversation with the management team.
“We were very direct about what we felt their obligations were to bring this back up to snuff,” said Dennis.
The Hub on Campus has undergone some major issues since opening. It started with the building not meeting city code, resulting in a week long-delay for students to move-in. Then there were issues with the rooms not reflecting what they promised and then less than a month later, a shooting on the rooftop pool.
“We were talking about door security, when we were talking about video cameras not being on and inappropriate access to areas that should have totally been secured, they acknowledged that that was a mistake on their part,” said Dennis.
During the meeting, the mayor laid out all the problems the city is demanding to be fixed. He addressed having better security access inside and outside the building, having management and security on-site, activating the security cameras and making sure there is controlled access to the apartment's secured area like the pool.
Right now, the complex has increased security personnel in the building, has secured the garage and it also requires a door key for access in the building and elevators.
“They've started doing things like, the doors are locked unless you use a resident key and there has been staff sitting in the office and a security guard staying there on the weekend so that's a lot nicer to know,” said The Hub on Campus tenant, Dhruv Bhargava.
Students like Bhargava and Abby Campins say these improvements were long overdue yet very necessary.
“Now you can't really get anywhere in The Hub or even the elevator won't work unless you tap your key to it, which is kind of extreme,” said The Hub on Campus tenant, Abby Campins. “But, I think I like that especially considering what happened last weekend.”
Mayor Dennis is awaiting a follow- up letter from management to document those final steps.