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Leaking roof at Mirabeau Park’s CenterPlace is under investigation

The roof at CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Mirabeau Park is leaking and nothing is being done about it.

That’s what former Spokane Valley Mayor Diana Wilhite told the City Council at its meeting on Nov. 17.

“I was at CenterPlace and I was appalled to see the rain dripping from the ceiling into seven big buckets in the great room,” Wilhite said.

Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation director Mike Stone said the roof is leaking, but contended it’s not true that nothing is being done about it.

“Staff began noticing small leaks two or three years ago, but it wasn’t too concerning,” Stone said.

However, recent wet weather has made the leaking much worse.

CenterPlace opened in 2005, so the tile roof is just about 10 years old.

“We should not have this kind of problem with a relatively new building,” Stone said.

There was a one-year warranty on the roof, but the tile should be good for 50 years.

Stone said he is working with the architect who designed the building to try to figure out what’s going on.

“Worst-case scenario, we will have to replace the roof,” Stone said.

He hopes to be able to present a prognosis and the cost of fixing the problem to the City Council before the end of the year.

CenterPlace is owned by Spokane Valley and serves as a community center and gathering place. The cost of the building was $10 million.

Stone said he can’t estimate the cost of repair – or replacement – until he’s done investigating the roof.

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