City to replace leaky roof at community center

Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An expensive new community center already has an expensive problem: The roof is springing leaks. Danny Wechsler plays volleyball on Mondays and Fridays at Albuquerque’s Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center near Southern and Eubank.

“Every single time it rains and we come here to play, there’s water,” Wechsler said. “Almost always a bucket there trying to catch the water. We even had someone trip and fall in it playing a game.”

“The buckets were overflowing, so we had them dump that out and mop up the excess water,” said Craig Collins.

The gym and its storage room are some of the biggest problem areas when it comes to the building’s leaky roof.

Rhonda Methvin with the city walked through the place, explaining stronger than expected winds and heavier than expected rain have caused leaks over the past couple years. They have tried to patch them up, but it’s not working.

“We do have large buckets and a lot of mops,” Methvin said.

Plastic covered the computer in the manager’s office in preparation for the storm expected this weekend.

The center cost nearly $7.5 million to build 12 years ago. Now, it already needs an entirely new roof which is about a half a million dollar project. The city thinks the new one will hold up to the elements.

“We are working with a design engineer to make sure our new roof is built to withstand those types of conditions,” Methvin said.

People who use the gym can’t wait.

“They should have fixed it a long time ago,” Wechsler said.

The city said it hopes to have a contractor in place by the start of the year. Then, it will take about three months to put in the new roof. They are hoping they can do the work without closing the community center.

The city said the roof had a 20 year warranty. Unfortunately, the company that built the community center has gone out of business.

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