Weldon House tenants upset over elevator repairs

The project begins on August 18th

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Greenfield’s Weldon House is home to nearly a hundred elderly and disabled residents who will soon be left without an elevator for more than a month.

The Weldon House Property manager says the buildings only elevator is in need of repairs, and that he’ll do whatever it takes to keep his tenants safe.

Tensions ran high as residents, some who can’t walk up a staircase, expressed their concerns at a town hall meeting on Monday.

David Lewis lives in the four story building and he agrees with management’s decision. “If that elevator fails, we’re in trouble,” he said. “If they don’t change it now, we’re going to be in worse trouble.”

In July, The building’s management announced repairs were necessary, and began holding meetings to address concerns.

Angela Clayton lives on the fourth floor of the Weldon House. She told 22News her biggest concern isn’t herself, but her neighbors. “I feel for everybody there, I love them all, this is our home,” she said.

John Peterson shared the concern of falling, but said he’s frustrated a neighbor will fall and he won’t be able to help them. “We cannot help people up and down the stairs for one thing, because of the liability,” he explained.

The building’s management company, Schochet and Associates, promised they’d look into hiring a homecare assistant before the project begins August 18th.

The President of Schochet and Associates told 22News they are offering to put anyone who cannot walk up or down the stairs in a temporary hotel room, to ensure safety.

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