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Tuesday, September 02 2014

HRC Weldon House Hearing Resumes Monday

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

On Monday, September 8, 2014, at 6PM, in the meeting room at town hall, Greenfield's Human Rights Commission will resume its public hearing on the Weldon House elevator renovation, the impact of the project on the building's 105 senior and disabled residents, and ameliorative actions being taken while construction is ongoing.  The president and other representatives of Schochet Companies, the owner and manager of the Weldon House, will be in attendance and testifying.

The public hearing commenced on August 11th with an overflow attendance of Weldon House residents, other members of the community, and state and local public officials.  The September 8th portion of the hearing will concentrate on actions that have been taken in lieu of a functioning elevator during renovations that commenced in the last week of August and any concerns that the 105 senior and disabled residents on the five floors may have. Further, any unforseen needs that may have to be addressed will be considered.

Lewis Metaxas, chairman of the Greenfield Human Rights Commission states, "This is more of a voluntary oversight hearing than anything else. The Commission is very interested in the special needs that the residents of the Weldon House may have during this transitional period of renovation. To date, we have been impressed and grateful with the responsiveness of the Schochet Companies in working with the town on this issue."

All residents of Greenfield and Franklin County are welcome to speak and participate.