UPDATE: After spending days without air conditioning, it seems workers at a historic downtown building will see some relief from the heat.
Around 7:20 p.m. on Thursday, Veolia Energy turned the air conditioning on to the First National Building.
“We feel confident that moving forward we will be paid for services provided and expect that outstanding debt will be resolved as well,” Joyce Harms, the communications and community relations manager for the company, said in a statement.
OKLAHOMA CITY - It’s a downtown building that has been plagued by a revolving door of ownership.
Now, there's more controversy surrounding the First National Building.
No one has paid the heat and air conditioning bills and now, air conditioning has been shut off for days.
That means priceless art could be in turmoil.
"Probably about 90 degrees," Stephanie Morrical, owner of Café 7, said.
The First National Building had its air shut off Tuesday. Since then, it's been brutal.
"You see people moving out of the building in a couple of days, moving real fast," Morrical said.
Ownership has been up in the air for several months now.
On Thursday morning, a federal judge appointed a local real estate company to take over and turn the air back on immediately.
Until then, businesses and precious art are left wilting.
"This is the area we see huge loss," Amber Sharples, executive director of the Oklahoma Arts Council, said.
Sharples got a firsthand look at the Great Banking Hall, located inside the 1931 building.
"It's going to be really interesting to see how the climate control or lack of climate control in this building is going to impact in the long-term preservation of these pieces," Sharples said.
She says abrupt change to temperature can mess with the molecular structure of the art... causing it to fall apart.
"It's as if history is deteriorating in front of your eyes. It's really kind of symbolic sense of loss that we see," Sharples said.
An ongoing problem for the controversial downtown skyscraper.
We talked to Veolia Energy, the company in charge of heat and air at the complex.
They said they do not know when the air will be turned back on.