CS Conference Center closed indefinitely

POSTED: Monday, July 9, 2012 - 3:29pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 6:17pm

COLLEGE STATION -- A structural inspection of the College Station Conference Center late Friday afternoon forced city officials to immediately shut down it down due to unsafe conditions.

So Lauren Holman spoke with the city today to find out what's next for the center and how this closure could affect you.

It's been a chaotic few days for College Station Conference Center supervisor, Grace Vrooman.

"Oh very very hectic," said Vrooman. "Just been making lots of phone calls and leaving messages."

On Friday a structural engineer, hired to look at the building, deemed it unsafe forcing the evacuation of several city employees and the closure of the conference center, indefinitely.

"We knew there were problems but we didn't realize how extensive they were until someone with a trained eye got up there and looked at the building itself," said parks and recreation director, David Schmitz.

With a sagging roof and the possibility of a cave-in, the conference center's future is unknown but even though employees were forced to move the work hasn't stopped.

Right now, staff are trying to move events already booked to another venue or refund money if re-locating isn't an option.

Schmitz says, "They're all troopers so they'll make it work."

The city council is expected to be briefed on the building's conditions this Thursday before any decision about the future is made.


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