Cultural Center Closing for Mold Removal

December 16, 2017

The Cultural Center at 548 Main Street will be closed for planned maintenance and repairs from January 2 until February 5, 2018 due to mold in the center. During this time, no access shall be granted to the space. Classes and meetings will take place at the Good Shepherd Community Center (check organizations for latest info).


The needed work was scheduled for this time of the year, explained Shelton Haynes, vice president of operations for the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporations (RIOC) at the November Operations advisory committee, so as not to interfere with previously planned events, and because “it’s a dead period for permitting.” He said, “We wanted to get ahead of it, I wish we had a better solution.”


Mike Russo, RIOC’s engineering consultant, said the corporation received reports from two different companies confirming the existence of mold, but clarified that it is “not an unhealthy mold.” He said that patching and refinishing the floor of the large studio had already been completed but that the rest of the building indicated mold. 


Haynes said the process should take three weeks, but that the corporation was scheduling four to be safe. “We gave ourselves a cushion.”


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