Elevators break, blocking elderly and disabled residents of Miami’s affordable housing tower
MIAMI – Elderly and disabled residents of a Miami-Dade skyscraper are stranded after the building’s elevators suddenly stop working.
No one seems to know when they’ll be fixed either.
Broken elevators are just the latest in a series of issues for this tower.
Darianne Diago lives in one of the 200 or so units that make up Civic Towers Apartments.
“We need help, that’s what we need,” she said.
Both elevators in the building are out of service, which means that every resident must use the stairs.
Those who cannot use the stairs are basically trapped in the building.
“My grandmother is a cancer survivor. If I have to get her to the hospital, how am I going to get her down the stairs? Daigo said.
An Amazon delivery driver who showed up during the filming of Local 10 had to climb 17 floors with a package marked for a tenant.
Miami city firefighters have been called to the building nearly half a dozen times since Saturday for medical emergencies, and they too have had to climb the stairs.
The most recent call required the service of a city-wide truck.
Tenants at Civic Towers have reported various issues in the past, such as an overflowing rubbish pile that has accumulated nearby.
Residents say they have received little or no help from management on the issues.
“I am more than upset.” Said Beatriz Nunez Capote, whose 73-year-old mother lives in the building. “It has been going on for years. These people cannot even speak for themselves.
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