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Replacement of leaking pipes begins at Grand Avenue Community Center

Published: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 10:33 a.m. CDT

WESTERN SPRINGS – Construction began Sept. 30 to replace all water lines at the 128-year-old Grand Avenue Community Center.

The Village Board approved a $177,000 contract for the replacements over the summer about a year after leaking was discovered in the building's boiler room, village Director of Recreation Tracy Alden said.

The construction will impact three areas of the building, but will not require a full shutdown, and most classes will go on as planned, Alden said. The village hopes the project will be done by the end of the year.

Initially, the village had a plumber take care of leakage whenever it occurred, but Alden said it became clear that the problem wasn't going away. An engineering firm was hired to examine the building and create plans for a new system of copper piping, and the Village Board approved the project this summer.

The building, which was built as Grand Avenue School in 1985, was renovated in the 1970s, Alden said, and its 50-year-old galvanized piping was starting to break down. 

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