1) Way too much rent & way too much cost of utilities
2) You will be surrounded by dog urine and excrement!
I lived in this apartment complex for over two years. During the first year, I endured rude and indifferent people in the leasing office. But because of the convenient location and amenities, I decided to stick it out. New management took over and they were friendly. However, during the second year, the property began to decline. There are numerous urine stains in the hallways left by residents who do not walk their dogs outside. Even the residents who do walk their dogs outside stand on the steps while their dogs urinate in the walkway. They also leave pet waste on the sidewalks leaving others to step in, and yes... dog poop is even in the hallways on occasion. Additionally, someone punched a hole in the wall at the end of the hallway, which took two weeks for the leasing office to patch up. I reported to the leasing office the awful state of the hallway. Their reply (in June) was that the carpet would be replaced and the walls would be repainted over the summer. It is September, and this commitment has gone unfulfilled.
If you've seen the Meridian's website touting its luxury pool, don't be fooled. The pool has been out of commission for half the summer. On two occasions, it was filled using a single hose with the water left on for 2-3 days and apparently the problem was not fixed because it's still not in working order. Oh, and residents pay for that water and the disposal of it through the sewer system!
Not only are the living standards declining, but the cost of living has increased exponentially. Utilities went from $30 to over $90 in two years IN ADDITION to a rent raise of nearly $100 per month. Each year I have researched other apartment complexes and found this one the most convenient and affordable. Here is my advice, as someone who regrets renewing the lease, find another apartment complex that values good business practice and preserves its property. You also pay for EVERYTHING. NOTHING is included in the rent. They even added a PEST CONTROL fee, along with charging residents for the electricity to light and ventilate the hallways.