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Forum staff reports, Published September 23 2013

One of two passenger elevators now working in downtown Fargo Black Building

FARGO – At least one passenger elevator is working again in the historic Black Building downtown, according to the city inspections office.

Earlier this month, city inspections officials gave DTL Properties, the owner of the Black Building, until Monday to fix at least one of the two passenger elevators in the front of the building or face litigation in municipal court.

The city had received some complaints from tenants about the broken elevators in the 83-year-old, eight-story building.

The Black Building’s owners said earlier this month that the elevator is historic and is expensive and difficult to upgrade. It requires a new computer system, which is expected to cost more than $250,000, co-owner Todd Nedberg said.

Owners had been advising tenants and customers to use the manually operated freight elevator in the back of the building.

John Mrozla, a Fargo housing inspector, said one passenger elevator was working Monday, satisfying the city’s concerns for now. He said he plans to make daily stops through the building.

“It would be best, of course, if two were working,” Mrozla said.

He has said that all three elevators were not working for a couple of days in late July.