Ben Bymers hoped Monday would be the first day in 21/2 months that he’d get to leave his Tacoma apartment building, but come Tuesday the broken elevator that has bedeviled him and his neighbors still wasn’t working.
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 did not respond to requests for comment. They said the president was not in the office Monday.
“I have decided that I’m just going to have to wait for the elevator to work,” Bymers said Monday. “I was kind of depressed this morning, but I’m OK now.”alexis.krell@ thenewstribune.com