Presidential Towers Turning Air Conditioning On Early After All

CHICAGO (CBS) — Climate change is coming to some high-rise buildings on the Near West Side.

We’ve been telling you about the heat wave at the four buildings known as Presidential Towers. Even though Chicago had eight days of record warmth, the management had not turned on the air conditioning.

People on the upper floors said they were sweltering.

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Now a change of heart – and temperature.

A vice president of the Presidential Towers management company says Tower 1 has air conditioning and that Towers 2 and 3 are getting AC today.

Tower 4 will get AC today or tomorrow.

Upwards of 100 residents have been asking when they were going to get some cool air – but that a group of about a dozen have been especially insistent.

Building management has said the 1980s-era buildings have a system that makes it difficult to easily switch over to cool air.

Waterton Residential Operations Vice President Lela Cirjakovic says the early warm weather has made things “challenging.”

  • Larry Horse's Arse Horse's Arse

    There’s no way this weather can hold all the way to summer. At some point, the winds are going to turn around and come off of the Lake like they always do in the spring and chill down this city.

  • doug

    It’s not just rental places. Our condo at Huron and Clark just turned on the cooling system. They cited a city ordinance that allegedly says they aren’t required to turn the air on until a certain date. That ordinance, like “we’re only obligated to give you up to 68 degrees in winter”, was put in place for slumlords in poor neighborhoods. Now a lot of high rent places are using it as an excuse to save money.

  • Money Talks, Laws Walk

    The Section 8’s demanded it, it shall be done.

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