MERIDEN — The Carabetta Management Co. is working to replace elevators at a Massachusetts high-rise apartment, but residents and the city’s mayor are reportedly unhappy with the progress.
Bill Stetson, a Carabetta operations manager, said the elevators at the luxury Waters Edge Apartments complex in Revere “are at the point where you typically do a modernization of all the mechanics.” The apartments were built in 1988.
“All of the buildings are in the same age range,” Stetson said. “It’s been a creeping issue and has reached a point where it can’t be repaired but replaced.”
According to WBZ-4 in Boston, Massachusetts officials determined the elevators were unsafe and shut them down last week, ordering Carabetta to replace all major components. Residents, who have faced inconsistent service in the past, are now forced to use the stairs, in some cases 16 flights, according to WBZ-4.
Revere’s Mayor Brian Arrigo has asked city workers to help move vulnerable tenants, including senior citizens and those with disabilities, to temporary homes while the elevators are being repaired. According to the news reports, the city has also cited other problems with the buildings and will continue to press Carabetta for repairs.
Arrigo and his representative could not be reached for comment Monday.
Stetson said he was unaware of any additional problems at the complex. Carabetta, headquartered on Pratt Street, is hoping to finalize contracts and prices with an elevator servicing company to replace outdated equipment with computerized technology. He estimated the cost to be between $200,000 and $300,000.
“We hope to have the contracts finalized soon so the job can be taken care of quickly,” Stetson said.