Heat outage at Ouellette Avenue building prompts help from city services

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Heat outage at Ouellette Avenue building prompts help from city services
A view of the exterior of the building at 1616 Ouellette Ave. in Windsor is shown in this 2019 file photo.
A view of the exterior of the building at 1616 Ouellette Ave. in Windsor is shown in this 2019 file photo. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

Lack of heat and hot water at a problematic Ouellette Avenue apartment building necessitated the involvement of the City of Windsor on Monday.

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The municipality provided a bus offering temporary shelter and hot beverages to residents of 1616 Ouellette Ave.

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According to new Ward 3 Coun. Renaldo Agostino — who personally visited the building — utilities were restored by 11: 30 a.m. Monday, thanks to city workers.

The building had been subject to a hydro outage for several days, with the cause reportedly being a boiler problem.

Originally built in 1927 as Windsor Court Apartments, the building has more than 100 rental units. In recent decades, it has been prone to issues including crime and fire incidents.

Overnight temperatures in Windsor have fallen below the freezing mark. The air temperature at Windsor’s airport on Sunday night was -6 C. The wind chill brought the mercury down to -13 C.

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