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Tuesday, August 05 2014

HRC To Hold Hearing On Weldon Elevator Project

Adapted from a Greenfield Human Rights Commission (HRC) press release:

The Greenfield Human Rights Commission will hold a hearing, regarding the replacement of the elevator at the Weldon House on High Street, on Monday, August 11, 2014, at 6PM, in the Greenfield Town Hall meeting room.  The elevator replacement at the 109-year-old Weldon House is expected to commence later this month and last approximately two months. The elderly and disabled residents of the Weldon House have been advised that they will have to take the stairs to their upper-floor apartments during this period.

The Weldon House, with five floors and 105 apartments, serves as the residence for over 100 low income, elderly and disabled residents.  Schochet Companies, which owns and manages the Weldon House, has stated that they will add one extra employee during the week to help residents up and down the stairs and help carry their packages.

The commission will initiate discussion over the efficacy of Schochet Companies' interim plan, given the unique circumstances of the residents of the Weldon House. Specifically, the commission will seek further details of provisions made by the Weldon House owner and management for the health, safety, and welfare of residents during the interim period of the elevator replacement, especially outside of normal business hours.  Further, the commission will explore whether provision has been made, or considered, for the potential relocation of Weldon House residents during this period. Finally, the commission will seek further clarification as to plans made with first responders and/or other health care personnel such as ambulance, paramedics, and EMT's in the event of a medical emergency.

Greenfield Human Rights Commission Chairman Lewis Metaxas said, "The residents of the Weldon House are members of our community that have special needs that must be addressed in a comprehensive and careful manner. The elevator is, and has been, an important part of meeting those needs among our senior and physically challenged residents at the Weldon. It is the role of the commission to guarantee that those rights and needs are met during the period of the elevator replacement."

The Commission welcomes the input and opinions of all Greenfield and Franklin County residents at the hearing.