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Forum staff reports, Published November 06 2013

Heat back on in downtown Fargo Black Building

FARGO – The heat is back on in the Black Building in downtown Fargo, according to the city inspections office.

City inspectors on Tuesday gave notice to the building owners, DTL Properties, that if they didn’t have the heat on in the 83-year-old building soon, they could face a lawsuit from the city.

Jerome Miller, deputy inspection administrator for Fargo, said Wednesday that one boiler is up and running, but that more work remains for both boilers to be completely functional.

The city is giving the owners until Dec. 6 to address maintenance and code issues with the newly installed boilers.

The owners have been replacing old boilers in the building since at least the summer. State boiler inspectors required new boilers because the old boilers were leaking. New boilers are in place but, until Wednesday, they were not functional.

This is the second time the city has threatened litigation against the Black Building owners this year for maintenance issues.

In September, the city sent notice to the owners when the only two passenger elevators in the eight-story building stopped working. The elevators have since been fixed.