Friday, December 19, 2014

Washburn Towers

5/17/2013

As the leader of Differently Abled Friends Group who serves the community with issues pertaining to the handicapped, I am very concerned with an April 11 Herald article about a retaliation lawsuit against Washburn Towers in Ottawa.

First off, this building originally was condemned, and then opened as a senior residential housing development. This starts off with red flags in my opinion. I have met the manager of this housing development and she is not the kindest of people. I would never consider living there based on that encounter alone. I also have noticed the problems with a lack of handicap accessibility and parking lot issues.

As the leader of Differently Abled Friends Group who serves the community with issues pertaining to the handicapped, I am very concerned with an April 11 Herald article about a retaliation lawsuit against Washburn Towers in Ottawa.

First off, this building originally was condemned, and then opened as a senior residential housing development. This starts off with red flags in my opinion. I have met the manager of this housing development and she is not the kindest of people. I would never consider living there based on that encounter alone. I also have noticed the problems with a lack of handicap accessibility and parking lot issues.

I am appalled at the way this situation turned out. It appears a minor amount of pay was all the woman who complained got, and then they were left homeless and ridiculed and can no longer enter the premises.

I have access to an organization that handles handicapped issues out of town for me. We will be looking into this. No promises to the tenants or the three ladies who were wrongly treated, in my opinion, but I will do what I can to try to help.

— Penny Kuntzsch, Ottawa

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