FLORIDA – Malfunctioning elevators leave residents of Northwest Miami-Dade condominium stranded

Miami Herald:  Malfunctioning elevators leave residents of Northwest Miami-Dade condominium stranded
By Enrique Flor
December 24, 2014

For Mariano Borges, getting to a doctor’s appointment or going out for some fresh air becomes harder each day.

The 95-year-old Cuban gets around on a wheelchair. His 70-year-old daughter Maria Perez and his 50-year-old granddaughter Cary can barely lift his wheelchair to carry it up and down the stairs to the third-floor unit where they live in Northwest Miami-Dade.

It’s been almost six years since the elevators of the building where Borges lives and those of three other buildings in the Mirassou condominium complex do not work properly.

According to public records, Miami-Dade County has cited Mirassou with fines exceeding $5 million.

“The truth is that we made a huge mistake buying an apartment in this place,” said Borges’ daughter. “It’s been years since we had a working elevator and despite our complaints, nobody fixes it.”

Michael Chavez, manager of Miami-Dade’s Office of Elevator Safety, said that when the elevators of the three and four-story buildings at the Mirassou began malfunctioning in 2008, the county sent out infraction notifications.

The violation penalties amounted to $5,065,120.  Read more:

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