Rec building work continues

East Second Street in front of the Recreation Building should be fully reopened by Wednesday or Thursday, and the job of removing the building’s damaged roof will be done a week after that, the contractor said. The street there has been closed down to one lane since roof troubles were first spotted in mid-August, but surrounding businesses have remained open. The Recreation is actually three buildings behind a long, single façade installed in the 1950s. The westernmost building, which housed a bowling alley, had its roof fail, with thick beams snapped nearly in two, following a heavy rain in August. Robert Ward, owner of Custom Design & Construction, said Monday afternoon, “the superstructure’s gone and half the roof is gone. I’m looking up at blue sky.” After Tuesday, nearly all of the roof will be gone, and then after some cleanup he will install a temporary “floor roof” to protect the remainder of the building. Water will drain off into the alley as it should, he said. Above, a crane supports a central roof arch as it is removed, viewed from the alley. The building’s owner, the Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency, is paying for the $80,250 job at the moment. Its insurance agency has not made a determination for coverage of the loss.

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