CS Conference Center Remains Closed After Structural Dangers Found

The City of College Station is continuing to figure how much it will cost to repair the city's conference center and has so far re-booked more than 100 events.

On Friday the building was closed indefinitely after a structural engineer found dangerous conditions including concerns the roof could collapse on the original structure built in the 1940's.

The facility is also not the money maker some would expect.

For fiscal year 2011 the conference center brought in around $150,000 in revenue while it cost more than $300,000 to operate the building.

It's still unknown how much repairs will cost or when the conference center will reopen.

"Our rates are fairly low especially compared with those places that are in it for business and looking at making profits. We're not, at that facility we try to at least break even," explained David Schmitz, Director of the College Station Parks & Recreation Department.

The College Station City Council is expected to be briefed about the problems at their meeting Thursday.


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