A community center owned by the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority has been closed because of a problem with black mold in the building.
The William H. Ford Neighborhood Center on Fenlon Street was closed Wednesday after being deemed unsafe following an inspection.
“A building inspector toured the structure and found the mold issues,” Mayor Joanne Yepsen told the City Council on Tuesday night. “The center has unfortunately become unsafe for people to use, and we have to close it until the problem is resolved.”
The building has had past drainage and sewer issues, which may have contributed to the mold problem. Indoor mold has been linked to respiratory problems and other ailments.
The center is intended to serve low-income residents of the Vanderbilt Terrace and Jefferson Terrace complexes. It was built in 1998 and has been used for activities and a food bank.
Yepsen said the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development will send engineers to determine how to address the problem.