Wells Fargo Center air conditioning, power and lights restored

Crews working ‘around the clock’ on Irma-impaired Downtown tower

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  • | 5:15 p.m. September 21, 2017
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Owners of the closed Wells Fargo Center Downtown told tenants late Wednesday that air conditioning, water, power and lights are restored and elevators are on the way.

Hurricane Irma floodwaters damaged basement levels and electrical and equipment systems. Tenants in the 37-story tower have not operated at their offices since Sept. 8, although they have been allowed to retrieve equipment and belongings.

“As of this afternoon, the building’s HVAC system is fully operational. Domestic water has been returned to the building. All water systems have been restored,” said the Wednesday email to tenants from Banyan Street Capital Senior Property Manager Jane Reischman.

“As mentioned yesterday, all tenant suites have power and lights and elevators are being restored back to service. Crews continue to work around the clock to restore all building systems back to normal operations,” she wrote.

She did not say when the building would reopen, although tenants say they are told it might be sooner than first anticipated, which was weeks or months. The building closed Sept. 8, two weeks ago, in advance of the hurricane.

Some office tenants have been setting up in temporary space while others are working remotely or in their other locations.