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Civic Center ballroom closed after damaged beam discovered in ceiling
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Officials have closed the ballroom at the Gainesville Civic Center until this damaged beam in the ceiling can be replaced. - photo by Kelsey Podo

Gainesville Parks and Recreation has closed the ballroom in the Civic Center after discovering a damaged beam in the attic that supports the ceiling.

Melvin Cooper, director of Gainesville Parks and Recreation, said the issue is isolated to the ballroom and does not affect the remainder of the building.

He said the Civic Center staff first noticed the problem the morning of Feb. 8 when they spotted a slight crack in the ceiling above the ballroom.

Michael Graham, deputy director of Gainesville Parks and Recreation, said the agency has looked at what events they can accommodate at the Civic Center without using the ballroom.

“We definitely want the Daddy Daughter Dance to happen,” he said.

The Daddy Daughter Dances, which are separated by age groups, are scheduled to begin on Feb. 26.

Graham said Gainesville Parks and Recreation will keep its options open and consider other locations — besides the Civic Center — and rescheduling events.

Graham said a structural engineer is working to fix the problem, and should finish the remediation plans by the end of the week. He hopes to meet with construction companies early next week.

Once the remediation plans arrive, Graham said Gainesville Parks and Recreation should have a more established timeframe for the repairs.

The number of events affected wasn’t immediately available.

The historic building, which was built in the 1940s, underwent major renovations from 1990-1992. But the damaged beam was part of the original 1946 construction, according to Gainesville Parks.


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Officials have closed the ballroom at the Gainesville Civic Center until this damaged beam in the ceiling can be replaced. - photo by Kelsey Podo
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