By Rachel Lake (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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6:53 PM EST, January 3, 2013
There is a lot of frustration at a senior housing center in Warsaw. The only elevator in the building stopped working Christmas Day, leaving people stranded in their apartments.
More than 80 people live at Retired Tigers Apartments. Many who live on the second, third and fourth floors are handicapped and the elevator is their connection to the outside world.
Monty Lackey, 70, battles heart problems and needs an oxygen tank and scooter to get around. He lives on the third floor at Retired Tigers Apartments. For him, the stairs are not an option.
"I am totally dependent on the elevator,” said Monty. “That's the only way I have of getting up and down, getting downstairs, upstairs, even for my mail, groceries, going to a doctor. I can't do any of that unless I’ve got an elevator.”
But for the last week and a half or so, the elevator has not been working. This isn't the first time it has been out of service. The people who live there say they've had problems with the elevator for ten to twelve years.
"It sticks,” Monty said. “That's mainly what happens. It sticks like 10-15 minutes at a time. It'll stick between floors, sometimes the door won't open.”
"It's pretty frustrating, you're only allowed to do so much," said Robert Lackey, who has bad knees and struggles to go up and down the stairs.
"Yesterday I went and got groceries and it was all I could to get that cart of groceries up here,” he said. “…It gets kind of dangerous, in my opinion. “Someone is going to fall. I just about fell Monday coming down.”
The elevator was up and running Thursday, but residents wonder for how long. California Commercial Investment, the owner of Retired Tigers, refused to go on camera, but said over the phone that they're aware of the issue and are working with the elevator company to get it resolved as quickly as possible.
"It is very frustrating for somebody that's locked in a room and can't go anywhere now,” said Monty. “Some people can walk those stairs, but there are a lot of people up here can't.”
California Commercial Investment wouldn't give WSBT a timeline as to when the elevator will be permanently fixed or what exactly the problem is, but Monte says he heard they're waiting on new parts and that it could take twelve weeks to before their installed. Monty also said that his mother and sisters also have health problems and that it's hard for them to take the stairs. So lately, he hasn't had any visitors.
WSBT also received a phone call from a resident saying the elevator can only be used between 8 and 5 during office hours. And that it is not supposed to be used after hours and on the weekends.
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