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Civic Center roof … not already!

Seems like it was just days ago that the scaffolding came down from around the Evanston Civic Center as workers finished up the $1.5 million project to put a new roof on the building.

 

Seems like it was just days ago that the scaffolding came down from around the Evanston Civic Center as workers finished up the $1.5 million project to put a new roof on the building.

 

Well, this afternoon an alert Evanston Now reader noticed that some of the new shingles have already peeled off the roof on the southwest corner of the building near the old observatory.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, asked about the problem, said, "It’s under warranty."

The re-roofing project was delayed for years as aldermen tried to decide whether to stay in the century-old former Catholic girls school or build a new Civic Center on another site. After funding for new construction projects dried up — and with water leaking in through gaps in the old slate roof — they finally voted over a year ago to put on a new asphalt shingle roof.

The contract was approved last spring, but the project, scheduled to be finished by October, was delayed by a construction workers’ strike and other problems.

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