By Mary O’KEEFE
Honolulu Manor Senior Apartments owner Elias Shokrian and Montrose LP pled not guilty on July 1 to a criminal misdemeanor charge of inadequate maintenance. The charges stem from a complaint by residents of the apartment complex after both of the complex’s elevators stopped working in May. One elevator broke down in October 2018, the second stopped working during Memorial Day weekend leaving the residents, many of them in wheelchairs or having limited mobility, confined to their second or third floor units.
While in court on July 1, city attorney David Ligtenberg and Montrose LP attorney Thomas Sands said that one of the elevators has been repaired; however, a resident of the complex who was at the hearing disagreed.
“It is very shaky,” she said. “Some of us are afraid to get in the [elevator].”
The City of Glendale Building and Safety had not signed off the working elevator as safe.
The next court date has been scheduled for Aug. 21.