BELMAR — Repair work and modernization efforts for the Belmar Housing Authority [BHA] building’s outdated elevator are scheduled to begin on Dec. 11, according to Executive Director Paul DeSantis.
“It took them a couple of months to get all the parts, number one it’s a very old elevator and number two, parts have been difficult [to obtain] for everything, including cars, lately,” he said at the most recent BHA meeting on Monday night.
Concerns about the building’s faulty elevator were first raised in August, when several residents during that month’s meeting addressed the commissioners with safety concerns centered around the faulty elevator used in the BHA senior public-housing building, located at 710 Eighth Ave., including one report of the amenity malfunctioning with a tenant inside.
This discussion regarding the residents’ concerns was continued at the following meeting in September, when Mr. DeSantis announced that the modernization effort requested by the residents had been approved, and was ultimately addressed with a resolution to approve the project during the BHA’s last meeting in October.
Since that time, residents have been encouraged to use the building’s secondary freight elevator. However, according to the executive director, this second elevator was found to be in need of a replacement balance valve, which has since been ordered and is scheduled to be installed in approximately a week.
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