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Rotterdam senior center partially re-opening

Rotterdam senior center partially re-opening

Some rooms will remain closed, including the Brass Rail Cafe, the town says
Rotterdam senior center partially re-opening
Rotterdam Town Supervisor Steve Tommasone looks up at the ceiling of the Rotterdam Senior Center on Hamburg Street Oct. 5
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

ROTTERDAM -- The Rotterdam Senior Center will partially re-open on Monday, three months after a plumbing malfunction flooded the building and forced its closure.

The senior activities schedule will resume, but there will be rooms in the center of the building, including the Brass Rail Cafe, that will remain closed due to the damage sustained and repairs that continue, town officials said in a Thursday announcement on Thursday. The 2639 Hamburg St. facility will be open as an Election Day polling place on Tuesday, as it has been in the past.

A leak from a second-floor high-pressure toilet on Aug. 8 did serious damage inside the center, which is in a two-story former elementary school. Though the leak took place while people were in the building, and it was stopped fairly quickly, drop ceilings were soaked and needed to be removed, and much of the flooring had to be replaced.

The Brass Rail, where senior citizens could prepare and purchase inexpensive meals, suffered some of the worst damage, as all of its equipment was waterlogged.

An emergency response company handled the initial cleanup, which took several weeks, and since then, an alarm company has been installing new wiring and alarms to bring the building into code compliance and improve security. Town Supervisor Steven A. Tommasone said the town is taking the opportunity to make extensive upgrades.

"We're thankful that we will be re-opening, and we look forward to getting all the work done and rehabilitating the center," Tommasone said.

The building was used on a regular basis by hundreds of senior citizens. The senior center offers games, classes and lunches, and all those programs came to a halt after the flooding.

Reach Daily Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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