Roofing damage, asbestos threat at Austin’s Dougherty Arts Center

DEPARTMENT. 2-ROBERT: AFTER HEAVY RAINS THIS PAST FALL — THE DOUGHERTY ARTS CENTER HAS SUSTAINED SOME MAJOR DAMAGE. 2-SYDNEY: THE SOUTH AUSTIN COMMUNITY CENTER HAS TO RELOCATE ITS CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS TO A SEPARATE WING OF THE BUILDING.KXAN’S ALEX CAPRARIELLO SHOWS US THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE .. AND THE LINGERING CONCERNS FOR THE PEOPLE THAT WALK DIANE KETT, SON ATTENDS DAC: “IT’S A GREAT LOCATION AND THEY OFFER SO MANY GREAT THINGS.” MARK PETTERSON, DAUGHTER ATTENDS DAUGHERTY ARTS CENTER: “IT’S AN Crucial Place OF LEARNING IN THE AREA.” 2:48: 40 FOR OVER FOUR DECADES … Kinfolk HAVE WALKED THROUGH THESE DOORS. MARK PETTERSON, LIVES IN AUSTIN: “THEY PROVIDE A SERVICE TO LOCAL SCHOOLS FOR PARENTS TO ALLOW THEM TO WORK AND TO SUPPLEMENT THE EDUCATION SYSTEMS.” BUT THE DOUGHTERY ARTS CENTER HAS REACHED ITS SHELF LIFE — LEAVING BEHIND SOME UNWANTED WATERCOLORS..KEVIN JOHNSON, PROJECT MANAGER, AUSTIN PARKS AND RECREATION: “THIS IS ONE OF THE CHILDREN’S DANCE ROOMS, WERE STANDING ON A WOOD FLOOR THAT SUSTAINED WATER DAMAGE FROM WATER MIGRATING IN THROUGHT HE ROOF MEMBRANE AND INTO THE CEILING CAVITY.” CEILING TILES HAVE WARPED…MOLDED AND CRACKED. 2 BY 4′ S HOLD UP THE ROOF IN TROUBLED SPOTS.THE ENTIRE CHILDREN’S WING — NOW OFF LIMITS.KEVIN JOHNSON, PROJECT MANAGER, AUSTIN PARKS AND RECREATION: “WE’VE Go SOME TEMPORARY PROTECTIONS THAT HAVE HELPED BUT WE ALSO HAVE CONDITIONS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED, CLEANED AND PROPERLY REPAIRED.” WITH FEARS OF AN ADDITIONAL HARMFUL THREAT…MARK PETTERSON, LIVES IN AUSTIN: “THERE’S A HIGH LIKELHOOD THAT THE SOME OF THE ROOF IS ASBESTOS-CONTAINING … THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT CONSIDERS THE FUTURE FOR THE COMMUNITY HUB.KEVIN JOHNSON, PROJECT MANAGER, PARKS AND REC. DEPARTMENT: “THIS BUILDING HAS LIVED A LONG LIFE AND WE ARE WORKIGN TOWARDS A REPLACEMENT NOW, SO ANY SOLUTION HERE WOULD BE TEMPORARY BY NATURE.” $ 128 MILLION — FROM THE PASSED 2018 BOND — WILL GO TOWARDS A REPLACEMENT CENTER. IT’S NOT CLEAR HOW MUCH THE NEW CENTER WILL COST OR WHERE IT WILL BE.BUT FOR NOW — PARKS AND REC IS DOING WHAT THEY CAN TO GET THE CREATIVITY CENTER BACK ON ITS FEET.MARK PETTERSON, LIVES IN AUSTIN: “AS LONG AS ITS RUNNING AND THEY ARE ABLE TO MAKE THE REPAIRS, THEN WE WOULD BE MORE THAN WILLING TO KEEP COMING BACK.” ALEX CAPRARIELLO — SYDNEY: BUTLER SHORES IS BEING CONSIDERED FOR THE NEXT CENTER. THAT’S A LITTLE MORE THAN HALF A MILE AWAY FROM THE DOUGHERTY ARTS CENTER.THERE ARE STILL BE SEVERAL LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES AHEAD — INCLUDING FINAL APPROVAL FROM CITY COUNCIL. THERE’S NO TIMELINE YET FOR WHEN THOSE PLANS MIGHT COME.

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