2012-06-14 at 08:55
Whalen building repairs likely $250,000: City
The city has the damage estimate to repair the turret on the Whalen Building, struck by lightning on May 23.
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The city estimates it will cost $250,000 to repair the lightning-damaged Whalen Building.
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City officials on Thursday announced they’ve completed a damage assessment review of the century-old building, which was hit by a lightning strike on May 23, sending cascades of rubble onto the St. Paul Street pavement below.
A portion, which the city did not specify in a release, will be paid for through insurance, with the rest being drawn through existing approved capital expenditures.
“It’s the first time a city-owned building has ever been struck, and thankfully no one was injured,” said Michael Smith, general manager of facilities and fleet. “We expect to start the repairs in the next month or so.”
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