650 Parliament residents to begin returning home March 2, management says

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650 Parliament residents to begin returning home March 2, management says


Nearly a year and half after 1,500 people were forced out of their homes at 650 Parliament St. due to a six-alarm fire, residents learned they will finally get to return to their homes.

The management for the highrise building in St. James Town announced Friday a reoccupancy schedule, saying residents can begin moving back March 2.

“To ensure that the return is safe and orderly, a re-occupancy protocol has been established that will see the building repopulated from the top floors down — two floors returning per week — in a procedure that we expect will take approximately 11 weeks,” said a notice posted on the Wellesley-Parliament Square website.

The process is expected to wrap up in May.

The notice says rental rates will be the same for all tenants, and will only be applied on the first day of the new month following their return.

The Aug. 21, 2018 fire caused no serious injuries, but Deputy Fire Chief Jim Jessop described the damage as “absolutely the worst” devastation to a building’s entire electrical system that he has seen.

Many potential return dates have been proposed, only to be pushed back multiple times, due to the amount of restoration work required.

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