Jennings multi-level seniors’ residence with no elevator for days
JENNINGS, Mo. – Some Jennings residents are upset by a broken elevator in a three-story senior’s apartment. Locals say the elevator has been out of order for 10 days now.
Jennings Place residences are retirement homes where many of the people who live there use walkers and wheelchairs.
The residences say they are frustrated.
Brenda Young lives in the apartment building, which houses 55 seniors. She says the repair should be done for safety reasons.
“We keep getting notices that tomorrow they’re waiting for parts and it’s expensive, that sort of thing, but it’s still out of order,” she said. “It’s hard to watch when you see old people walking down the steps. ”
A photo was given to Fox 2 crews by a resident. It shows a notice posted on the elevator that says out of service, scheduled for maintenance.
The apartment complex spokesperson said the elevator stopped working after the building was struck by lightning and has been out of service since July 10.
Fox 2 confirmed that there were thunderstorms in the area that day.
The company issued the following statement:
“The residences at Jennings Place II are doing everything possible to ensure that the elevator is repaired as quickly as possible. A few hours after the lightning strike which damaged the circuit boards of the elevator, the management had already contracted with a supplier to solve the problem.
“When management learned that it was difficult to source printed circuit boards, we focused on finding an alternate source to expedite repairs. We held meetings with residents on Friday, July 16, 2021 to update them on the progress of the repairs, and will continue to communicate with them as the situation evolves.
“In the meantime, we are helping residents get packages to their apartments and dispose of their waste. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work on this unfortunate event. ”
A worried family who did not want to be identified said their mother lived there and that some of the residents suffered from several health issues, mainly from using motorized wheelchairs and being unable to go up and down the building’s stairs.
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