A student at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi has taken to social media to share his concern about the potential health hazards that he is being exposed to as a result of unhealthy conditions in his on-campus housing facility.
Patrick Nevill resides at the Miramar Apartments, a housing facility at TAMUCC that is privately owned by an Austin-based company. Nevill took video and photos to support his complaint about the unsanitary conditions in his apartment and shared the video and images on his social media accounts.
According to Nevill, the problems began after a period of heavy rain, which sparked mold growth. Now, he says that the conditions at the Miramar Apartments have declined so severely that the facility is too dangerous to live in.
“They have nice amenities and stuff, but the quality of the building and the service you get is not worth it,” said Nevill.
The videos he took on his cell phone show what appears to be some type of growth on the walls, ceiling, door frames, and even the light fixtures in his apartment. Nevill said that he spoke to staff at the apartment complex and they told him that the issue would be addressed. However, he was transferred to a different building within the same housing complex, and he says that he is experiencing the same issues.
“It’s just not right. If we’re going to pay premium price for a dorm room, then we want a safe dorm to live in. I don’t want to get sick living in my own home to go to school,” said Nevill.
A local news station contacted the management of the Miramar Apartments regarding the matter. Management directed the news station to the owner of the apartment complex, American Campus Communities.
The company sent the news station an email that contained pictures that illustrated that Nevill’s apartment wasn’t the only unit affected by mold. The information in the email detailed that there are a total of ten units within the apartment complex that have document microbial growth.
A spokesperson for the apartment complex contacted the news station after it was learned that the news station had received information regarding the affected units. The spokesperson stated that they took care of the problem and that they had contracted a private company and that the company will inspected the apartment to see if there is any further contamination.
A statement issued by the American Campus Communities stated the following:
“American Campus Communities assumed management of Miramar last December. We performed remediation on mildew issues caused by the coastal location and Hurricane Harvey that were noted during our due diligence process. It is our standard to continually inspect and repair any and all issues as part of our stringent protocol during our regular maintenance routines.”
Mold Inspection & Testing Corpus Christi has years of experience performing mold tests in on-campus housing facilities. We strongly recommend that TAMUCC arrange to have regular mold tests performed in all of their housing facilities to ensure the safety of their students. To speak with an MI&T representative, call 361.445.4090.