Lights go out again

By Rhonda Dredge

Tenants have once again been locked out of a building on Swanston St, following an electrical outage.

A constant stream of visa applicants and students rattled the metal grille during June.

Fifteen businesses had notices stuck to the motionless automatic doors diverting customers to alternative locations.

The building, at 55 Swanston St, must be one of the unluckiest in the city.

Last November the building was closed for several weeks, after a water main burst beneath the footpath in front.

The water flooded the basement, disabling the main electrical switchboard. The building management predicted that the building would need rewiring.

New managers have since been appointed but the electrical dramas continue.

“The water mains burst in the basement,” said a tenant who did not want to be named. “Someone backed into them. It was just an accident.”

Local electricians were dealing with the problem and the lights were expected to go on after six days. Insurance assessors were already on the job.

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