Ben Bymers hoped Monday would be the first day in 2 1/2 months that hed get to leave his Tacoma apartment building, but the broken elevator that has trapped him and his neighbors still wasnt working by the end of the day.
Bymers, 78, suffers from a lung disease that keeps him from being able to trek up the stairs of the McKinley Terrace apartment building where he lives in the 3200 block of East I Street.
Other residents, many of whom are elderly and use walkers, have been making the trip step-by-step since the elevator failed July 3.
Bymers said the president of Bellevue-based United Marketing Inc., which manages the complex, told him that the elevator would be working Monday.
Representatives from the company said the president was not in the office Thursday, Friday or Monday.
"I have decided that Im just going to have to wait for the elevator to work, Bymers said Monday. I was kind of depressed this morning, but Im OK now."
• FROM SATURDAY: At the mercy of a broken elevator