URA Board To Discuss Recreation Building Wednesday
The Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency board will hold a special meeting Wednesday to consider bids for demolition of the westerly portion of the Recreation Building in downtown The Dalles. Community Development Director Steve Harris gave an update to The Dalles City Council Monday evening on the situation involving a buckling of the roof and its supports, which came to light after heavy rains on August 9. Harris says engineers report they’ve received indicate when the bowling alley was put in the building in 1958, some of the supporting columns were removed. The roof has been failing in that portion of the building, and Councilor Russ Brown noted references in the reports that the rains were not the cause of the failure. Harris said the cause is still under investigation, adding the engineers representing the URA’s insurance company wants to do a post-demolition investigation. Harris says they have received three bids to demolish the building.