Family of the elderly living in Northside Terrace Apartments are speaking out about the living conditionsHawley, MN (WDAY TV) - Family members of some disabled adults and senior citizens living in a 3-story apartment building in Hawley are speaking out about the deteriorating living conditions.
By: Katie Lange, WDAY
Hawley, MN (WDAY TV) - Family members of some disabled adults and senior citizens living in a 3-story apartment building in Hawley are speaking out about the deteriorating living conditions.
Some residents say for the past 6 weeks, they've been without a working elevator at Northside Terrace Apartments.
To the able-bodied person, it doesn't sound like a big deal.
But for elderly and vulnerable adults - it's scary.
Many of them say they feel like a prisoner in their own home - unable to go up or down 3 flights of stairs to retrieve their mail, medications or even do laundry.
Nearly 30 hard - cement - stairs separate residents on the first floor - from the third.
Ramona Kooren/Resident: "I've had bad hips, bad knees. Coming up and down those steps is terrible."
80 year-old Ramona Kooren use to get around more quickly.
Kooren: "always used the elevator until we couldn't anymore."
Nearly 6 weeks ago - in early December.
Kooren: "the saddest part about this whole thing is that this building is for the elderly, disabled and handicapped individuals."
"it's just gotten to be an atrocity that we cannot take any longer."
Loved ones of residents say the situation is beyond being an inconvenience
"it is getting into danger zone for many of these people."
With mail on the first floor - laundry on the third...
Wayne Romer/Parents Live at Apartment Building: "they can't even get out of this building at all, these people are really held captive."
You can call Wayne Romer, a whistleblower.
Romer: "these deserve better, they need better. They have to have this accessibility."
Romer says he has been fighting for the much needed repairs - for his parents and all others affected.
I spoke with the property manager - Jim Illies - who says this began as a project to meet Minnesota Code Upgrades.
He says Otis Elevator - the company making repairs - is ignoring his calls.
We did put in a call to Otis Elevator Company to hear their side of the story - our call was not returned.