Aeolian apartment elevator temporarily out; repaired and working

Published 7:00 pm Monday, December 3, 2018

Residents of the Aeolian apartments, 1300 Cherry St., found their mobility challenged during the weekend after the building’s elevator broke down Saturday.

Apartment leasing agent Evelyn Ross said the elevator broke down Saturday afternoon and was back in operation Monday.

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“We put signs up; we came in (Saturday) and let all the tenants know,” she said, adding workers with Flowood-based Otis Elevator Co. were called and had to order a part to fix the problem.

“Now it’s up and running perfectly,” she said. “He (the repairman) came in this morning.”

The Aeolian is a senior living facility, and the broken elevator created problems for some residents. Vicksburg Fire Chief Craig Danczyk said 911 records indicated firefighters were called twice to the Aeolian Saturday, once for lifting assistance and another time to help someone out of the elevator.

Linda Sanders, a resident at the Aeolian, said some residents assisted some of their neighbors who were wheelchair-bound with errands. Sanders said she wasn’t affected by the elevator problem.

“We all get along well and we’re good neighbors; we help each other out,” she said. “We were all right.”

Constructed in 1924 and billed as Vicksburg’s first fireproof apartment dwelling, the Aeolian is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was acquired by Houston, Texas-based Brownstone in 2012. The company renovated the then-dilapidated apartments using tax credit financing to develop the property as a senior apartments facility.

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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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