City to Spend $460K on Rec Center Repairs

The gym is closed while

By Steven Luke
|  Monday, Feb 13, 2012  |  Updated 3:29 PM PDT
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The City of San Diego will have to pay roughly $460,000 for a roof repair at Carmel Mountain Ranch Rec Center, according to the parks and recreation department.

The community center, which is one of the newer centers in the city, will also have its hardwood gym floor replaced because of water damage.

Carmel Mountain Ranch Rec Center was built in 1997 and city officials from Park and Rec say they would've expected the roof to last longer than it did – but the roof has been leaking on and off for the past few years.

The gym is closed while the roof repairs are finished - that should be by the end of the month, but it will likely be closer to April before it's re-opened to the public because of damage to the gym floor.

The city is in the process of hiring a company to cut holes in the buckled floor and draw out the moisture with special machinery - they'll then know the extent of the damage and whether mold is an issue.

A deputy director for the Parks and Recreation department said it was a judgment call on whether or not repairs should have been made sooner to keep the problem from getting more expensive.

“$460,000 dollars is a lot of money, and the real severity of the leakage has been noticeable the last year or two and we've been putting this project package together over that time,” said Deputy Director Clay Bingham.

The $460,000 roof repair is a capital improvement project, which is why Bingham says it took so long to secure the funding.

He says the floor replacement costs will come out of their operating budget, but he declined to speculate just how much that will be.
 

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