A senior citizen recently locked out of her unit at the Edgmont Senior Apartments has prompted questions among residents and a call for policy change.
About two weeks ago, 70-year-old Veronica Jones was visiting family in Philadelphia and it wasn’t until she was about to leave on that July 22nd night that she realized she didn’t have her apartment key. To plan ahead, Jones said she called the building’s district property manager, Katrina Weekly, to ask for assistance upon her return. Jones said Weekly wasn’t helpful and told her to stay in Philadelphia.
Jones returned to her apartment and knocked on Rodney Powell’s door. Powell is the building’s newly-elected Resident Council president.
“Ms. Jones came down to my apartment that evening around 8 P.M. and told me she got locked out and that she may have dropped her key in the mailbox but that it wasn’t there anymore,” Powell explained. “So I advised her to call management.”
Both Jones and Powell said Weekly, who wasn’t on the premises, said she would not come there for a lockout. Weekly declined to comment on the incident or the lockout policy when contacted by a Spirit reporter.
Jones said she went to her granddaughter’s house nearby, returned to the building with family members and spoke with Powell again who then called Chester police. Both Jones and Powell said the responding officer, who they called “Mr. Rose,” was “nasty and said there was nothing the city could do and it’s not the city’s fault you got locked out,” according to Jones. “Then he pointed at a few of us and told us to chip in $10 a person for a locksmith,” Jones recalled.
It wasn’t until Powell and Jones said they called…