Friday, February 23, 2024



As a former resident of Leavenworth, I am disappointed and dismayed by the mayor and the city council's blind eye to the elder abuse carried out on a daily basis during the construction of riverfront apartments at Garten Haus. My elderly aunt has lived in the building for more than 15 years and her quality of life is severely impacted by the intrusive construction that begins as early as 6:45 a.m. 

My aunt has reached out to members of the city council and to the hospital staff when access to the building was cut off earlier this summer and while the Spokane-based construction company met with residents to reassure them steps were being taken to ease their discomfort, those words have not translated into action. What recourse do these low-income seniors have when trying to reason with the developers pushing this project through? At the very least, they should have been given the option to relocate to another facility while this disruptive process took place. The Garten Haus is managed by the Housing Authority of Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee.

I'm trying not to be overly dramatic in writing this letter, but it seems like the community of Leavenworth has lost its soul when it allows this kind of development to negatively impact its most vulnerable citizens.   

Leslie Kelly



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