Assisted living center gets portable heaters until boiler is fixed

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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – The owners of a state licensed residential facility serving disabled veterans are working to repair a broken boiler. In the meantime, forced air heaters are being used to keep the University City facility warm. Monday several people identifying themselves as residents at the Arbor Health Center contacted FOX2 to complain that there was no heat in the living areas at the facility. But on Tuesday a visit to Arbor Health showed window units called PTAKS and ceiling mounted forced air furnaces in the hallways were supplying heat. One thermostat in the dining room registered 86°.

Arbor Health serves male clients. More than half are veterans and some of them were homeless.

One of the co-owners Kendall Brune said Tuesday their goal is to keep the building between 68 and 72°. He said it is a short-term fix until plumbers and pipefitters can figure out what is wrong with the 60-year-old boiler and find the parts to fix it.