Thursday, September 6, 2012

Residents allowed to return to downtown Dallas apartment tower three days ... - Dallas Morning News (blog)

Staff writer Julie Fancher reports:

Residents of a downtown Dallas apartment tower may be moving back into their homes today, three days after a power failure Monday night.

Sprinklers flooded a circuit room at the Gables Republic Tower, making it difficult to restore electricity for several days. Water was also turned off to the building.

“Electricians worked through the night to repair the malfunction,” said Lynette Hegeman, vice president of marketing for the Gables. “Water was turned off as a precaution, but everything will be turned back on once it has been deemed safe and secure.”

While residents have been unable to live in their homes, the apartment complex has covered costs of hotel rooms at the Hilton Anatole, Hotel Indigo, and the Fairmont Hotel.

Testing of the electrical system was scheduled for 6 a.m. today. An hour later, management posted to the property’s Facebook page that testing was successful and the next step was to go floor by floor to ensure the whole building was receiving power, not just the central station.

Hegeman said they were hopeful that they would soon know if everything was cleared to move residents back into the building.

After being displaced for several days, residents are eager to move back in.

“I think patience is wearing thin,” resident Kal Muller told WFAA-TV (Channel 8). “We just don’t understand the extent of how bad the situation is.”

The problem was worse than first though, according to a Tuesday post on the Gables Republic Tower Facebook page from Tuesday.

“There are issues with the amount of water that penetrated the electrical system that will prevent the contractor from energizing as planned.”

Management has been updating its Facebook page every three hours and sending e-mails to residents to keep them updated.

In addition to the hotel rooms, residents have received $50 gift cards for every day they have been displaced to cover the costs of food. In addition, management has cleaned out residents’ refrigerators.

The Gables Republic Tower, which holds 229 units, was formerly Republic Bank, the tallest building in Dallas in the 1950s.

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