Reporting Hadas Kuznits
By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Nearly 300 residents of Philadelphia’s Center City One Condos along Spruce Street remained displaced on Thursday after two standpipes burst Tuesday evening.
It was expected that it would be one more night before residents were allowed to return to their water-damaged high rise.
“L&I has given us an indication that they will allow all of our residents back into the building once the elevators are fully operational and we have a green light on the standpipe project,” said Dean Vetsikas, Vice President of the Center City One Condominium Association. “This was all caused by a failure of the standpipe.”
Jeff Jacobs, president of the home owner’s association said crews were working to fix the problem.
“The drying process is going really well,” Jacobs said. “All of standing water is out. The elevators are still being repaired. We have one that’s functional and the other should be coming online shortly.”
In the meantime, residents were permitted to return to their units briefly to grab some essentials.
“Walking out without iphone cords and things that you think that you’re gonna have access to.”
According to condo board members, only about 20% of the returning residents were expected to experience damage.