Power, A/C off at Tempe City Hall

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. – Tempe City Hall is without electricity, which means no air conditioning, after a blown gasket in the downtown chiller systems forced workers shut down power to the building.

It’s not known what caused the gasket to fail, nor is it clear how long it will take to repair the seal and get things back up and running.

According to Nikki Ripley, the communication and media relations director for the city, the building -- the only one affected by the outage -- might be closed for the afternoon.

Certain phone lines, including the police department’s non-emergency line and the customer-service line for Water Utilities, might also be affected by the outage.

Other downtown-area city facilities are not affected by the power outage, Ripley said in a news release. In addition, other facilities like the Tempe Public Library, the Tempe Center for the Arts and community centers will operate as usual.

With its unique inverted pyramid architecture, construction on Tempe City Hall was completed in 1970. The award-winning building, which was deisgned to conserve energy and qualifies as a landmark as defined by the Tempe Historic Preservation Ordinance, opened for business in 1971.

For non-emergency issues, residents can call 480-350-4311. Visit www.tempe.gov  for any updates.