***UPDATED at 7:19 P.M. on Thursday, July 2nd***
Augusta, GA – We reported earlier Thursday that the elevators at Richmond Summit Apartments were now functioning.
Since we reported this, we have had several residents call us to tell us that the elevators were not operational.
We contacted the Augusta Fire Department, where a spokesperson told us that Richmond Summit’s management Company had notified them that the elevators were now fixed. The spokesperson told us that the Fire Department filed a notice of fire hazard with the repair company earlier Thursday, which is why the repair company immediately jumped on it and “repaired it”. The spokesperson also tld us, with that notice of a fire hazard, the repair company will have to go to court if they don’t fix it.
We will continue to follow this story and provide the latest information as it becomes available.
***UPDATED at 4:33 P.M. on Thursday, July 2nd***
Augusta, GA – Elevator service has now bee restored for tenants at Richmond Summit Apartments, in downtown Augusta.
The Augusta Fire Department has received reports that the Richmond Summit elevators have been fixed.
What happened was that the Augusta Fire Department was not notified about the elevator until days after the second one broke. They then issued the repair company a notice of fire hazard and the company immediately fixed it.
***POSTED at 6:28 P.M. on Wednesday, July 1st***
Augusta, GA – Some tenants at an Augusta apartment building are looking for answers about an issue they say has been going on for a month.
It’s the Richmond Summit Apartments, that is on Broad Street between 7th and 8th streets.
Richmond Summit has two elevators inside. One of them stopped working a month ago. The other one broke last Thursday. Neither elevator has been fixed.
Management did not allow us inside the building, but we spoke with plenty of residents who told us about the problems they’re facing.
“Somebody needs to help us here in this building,” longtime resident, Elizabeth Grant said.
Elizabeth Grant has lived in Richmond Summit for 13 years.
The 8 story apartment complex is home to several senior citizens and disabled people, some wheelchair bound.
“We got plenty of people who live here, they just told me a few minutes john with no legs is stuck on the 6th floor, he was trying to get downstairs, he’s been in his house the whole time,” Grant explained.
She says several of her neighbors haven’t been able to leave their rooms in 6 days, because they are physically unable to walk down the stairs.
During our interview with Grant, a caregiver broke into the conversation, asking for help, because her patient collapsed while attempting to walk down the stairs.
“He couldn’t get down the stairs and we couldn’t get back up,” the caregiver told us.
Eureka Berrious takes care of a man who is paralyzed on the left side of his body and relies on the elevator.
Residents say they’ve asked management to fix the elevator but continue to get the same response. They tell the residents they are ‘working on it.’
“They told us they’re waiting on a part a part to come from japan they said it would come within 24 to 48 hours, well it done been 48 hours,” Grant explained.
Richmond Summit Management declined to comment on the matter and did not let us inside the building.