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Broken elevator leaves seniors, disabled residents stranded in apartments

Fairbridge Commons at 70 Freemont St. on the West End of Bridgeport is home to hundreds of people. The elevator on one side of the complex has been broken for the past week, according to people who live there.

News 12 Staff

Dec 29, 2022, 5:10 PM

Updated 539 days ago

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A broken elevator at one of Bridgeport's biggest residential buildings has left seniors and people with disabilities stranded in their apartments, and officials are demanding action.
Fairbridge Commons at 70 Freemont St. on the West End of Bridgeport is home to hundreds of people. The elevator on one side of the complex has been broken for the past week, according to people who live there.

Tatiana Mora, a 29-year-old working mom of two, says she had to carry all of her belongings up five flights of stairs when she moved in a month ago - because the elevator was out then also, and it has been out again for the past week.
She says many of her senior and disabled neighbors have been trapped in their apartments, unable to get to medical appointments, the pharmacy or the grocery store.
"It's a lot of flight of stairs, so if you have someone disabled on the fourth or fifth or sixth floor, it's pretty tough coming up," Mora says.
"This is totally wrong," says Sen.-elect Herron Gaston.
Gaston says he reported the outage to Bridgeport health and safety officials who are now investigating the situation.
Gaston says he will be pushing for funding to prevent further tragedies like the one that happened on Boston Avenue in 2019, when a tenant died after he couldn't get to a doctor due to a broken elevator.
A spokesperson for the complex says crews are working to get the elevator repaired quickly.


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