MDHA hopes to start moving Parthenon Towers residents back in by end of week

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 3:57pm

The 15-story Parthenon Towers sat vacant on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after a fire and the resulting electrical outage led staff to evacuate the building.

But the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency hopes to start moving the more than 300 residents back into the facility by the end of the week.

MDHA director of communications Mark Drury said nine generators were going to be installed outside the low-income apartment building. He said residents on the first six floors should be able to move back in on Thursday while the rest of the buildings’ residents would be phased in throughout the weekend.

The fire and outage apparently occurred after water from the sprinkler system seeped into electrical panels. All of the more than 300 residents, most of them elderly and disabled, were transported to shelters or other housing arrangements, and no injuries were reported.

Drury said MDHA would make structural improvements to the building to accommodate new wiring for a long-term fix to the problem, a process that is expected to take two to three months.

Overall, Drury said there aren’t any other safety concerns with the building. After the last inspection by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Parthenon Towers received a 94 out of 100 score, he said.