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UPDATE: After weeks without AC, air expected this weekend

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- After last night's story Hamilton Place tenants say they received a letter informing them air conditioning will be installed this weekend.

The letter reads in part, "the chiller has been delivered, as many of you saw them crane it in last week. Our electricians and management staff have been working together to complete the install as quickly and problem free as possible."

According to the letter the building will install a temporary air conditioning unit in the next two days but says "As with any new machinery we have many steps and it takes time."

The letter tells residents to expect an update on Friday. 


SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- The Hamilton Place Apartments may seem familiar. Weeks ago, their tenants reached out to 27 News complaining the air conditioning they pay for wasn't ready for Southern Wisconsin's first heat wave.

Tenants like Kari Ellis said her thermostat was showing temperatures in the upper 80s and even the mid-90s.

"Once you get to that mid-80s especially or probably like 83, 84 it gets pretty unbearable in here," she said

Two weeks later, Ellis said not much has changed.

"We have only received one letter since the airing of the last interview and it's just pretty much asking us to have patience, they're working diligently," she said.

At the end of May, the Chief Operating Officer for Mirus Partners, which owns Hamilton Place, said the main air conditioning unit was stuck in Customs and its installation would be delayed. They went on to say they would install a temporary unit. According to Ellis, tenants have yet to see anything like that.

Ellis also said, tenants continue to pay full price for their utilities alongside their rent even though many have spent the hot days living somewhere else because the air conditioning can make things so unbearable. 

"You can just, you know, take a cold shower and just lay in front of the fan right afterward and you're still sweating," she said.

According to Ellis, tenants have also been told they will not get any discounts or reimbursements for any personal air conditioners they've bought waiting for this installation.

"We're paying for something that we're not getting," she said.

With temperatures relatively moderate since Memorial Day weekend, Ellis said her apartment has been livable. Typically she said her thermostat is in the upper 70s, but with a heat wave expected this upcoming weekend, she's calling on her management for action and answers.

"They need to do something. This isn't fair," she said.

We've called and emailed the management company, Mirus Partners, about the delay and when the tenants can expect air conditioning. They have not yet responded.

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