- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Williston officials are considering requests to repair a senior living facility’s unfinished parking lot and sidewalks.

Officials say Lutheran Social Services is working with the city and a new contractor to schedule repairs to the Legacy Living apartments, the Williston Herald (https://bit.ly/1v0wBWK ) reported. The building’s elderly tenants have expressed optimism about possible fixes.

Tenant Karen Ylinen says although the building is a beautiful place, it appears to be out of compliance and is dangerous to residents. She sent commissioners photos of wooden ramps and unmarked drop offs and gas mains asking them to address her concerns.

“The residents love it there and do not want to move elsewhere,” Ylinen wrote in a letter to the commission. “Please make it possible for them to live there safely. The Legacy at Central Place is a historic place and is meant to be the Crown Gem of Williston.”

She said she would like to see unfinished sidewalks and parking lots completed next spring.

“I don’t want to point a finger,” Ylinen said. “I just want a very dangerous situation addressed.”

Commissioners and department heads are weighing their options, according to Williston Mayor Howard Klug. In the meantime, residents shouldn’t be worried about being evicted because the building is out of compliance, he said.

“There is no possibility of the building closing down,” he said.

Construction to convert the building to affordable rental housing for tenants ages 55 and older began in 2012. It was expected to be completed in December 2013, and residents have since voiced frustration about the repair delays.

“These people have been taken advantage of, unfortunately,” said Commissioner Tate Cymbaluk.

To ensure the safety of residents, commissioners have agreed to implement a construction plan by the middle of next week.

“It was a project sorely needed. I believe LSS still has the best intentions to do that,” Klug said. “And we will work with them to do that.”

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