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Broken elevator at Indianapolis retirement center leads to federal lawsuit

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Feb. 11, 2016)- A senior living community in Indianapolis is facing a major lawsuit after leaving elderly residents without a working elevator for more than five weeks.

The federal litigation is filed against United Church Residences of Indianapolis, Inc., and United Church Homes, Inc., owners of the Capitol Station Apartments.

FOX59 visited the facility in October and spoke with residents who were frustrated about the broken elevator.

"Quit lying to us and get it fixed," said resident Carolyn Brock.

Seniors living on the top floors of the facility were forced to go up and down 62 steps several times of day for roughly five weeks.  It was not only an inconvenience, the broken lift essentially trapped many residents inside their rooms.

"My doctor told me don’t be climbing no stairs, but I don’t have a choice," said resident Bueford Collins.

The residents were unable to attend doctor appoints, go to the grocery store or even go outside.

Now, the lawsuit filed by The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services and four residents, is aimed at correcting what was done.

"First of all, the five weeks in order to fix an elevator is ridiculous," said Melissa Keyes, Legal director for  Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services.
The  lawsuit  accuses the building management of not doing enough for the residents.

"To me the most frustrating part is the fact that this management company thought this was ok," said Dawn Adams, Executive Director for Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services.

 

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