Repairs to Dunmore Community Center Gym Could Take Weeks

Published 02/11 2014 05:23PM

Updated 02/11 2014 07:36PM

As Olympic athletes continue to go for the gold in Sochi, many young athletes in Lackawanna County have been forced from the place where they usually play.

The gymnasium at the Dunmore Community Center, which is a popular place for basketball, has been closed for the last week.

The Vice President of Dunmore borough council now says it could take weeks for repairs to be made and get the facility reopen.

Council Vice President Paul Nardozzi says a contractor has been brought in to make the necessary repairs to the roof and the wall of the gym at the community center. Right now, the roof and the wall are not completely connected.

The repairs are expected to be completed on an emergency basis but may still take between 30 and 60 days.

"Shock is not the word for it," Nardozzi said. "You would think that a building that's only seven years old, you wouldn't have these problems."

To fix the structural issues, steel must be used to secure the roof to the walls.

In the meantime, Dunmore is losing out on money.

"We're losing money from the rental of the gym. There's a lot of events that were scheduled that have been cancelled. We have Dunmore Bitty Basketball, the children of Dunmore have been playing basketball there for years, they had to reschedule and transfer their games to other locations," Nardozzi said.

The move has not directly impacted the Dunmore Senior Center which has a second roof covering it. That roof is secure.

Regardless, the roof issue has caused confusion.

"There's a rumor going around town, some people misunderstood what they read or what they heard on the news and they think the entire building is closed but it's really the only gymnasium that's closed," Dunmore Senior Center executive director Jeanne Hugenbruch said.

Some senior activities, like walking around the gym in the morning and ballroom dancing lessons have been impacted.

"It should never have happened," Tony Phillips said. "It hurts a lot of people. This place used to be packed."

Borough leaders say they've filed an insurance claim and plan to take action.

"We're going to follow through on any legal aspects here to hold whoever was responsible, responsible and accountable," Nardozzi said.

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