Eagle River Town Center to remain partially closed due to earthquake damage

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Town Center Building in Eagle River houses 3 tenants. One end of the building houses the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, the city's Parks and Recreation department and several other municipal offices. The center portion of the building is home to an Alaska Club location and the other end houses the Chugiak-Eagle River Public Library.

Right now, the Alaska Club's doors are the only ones that remain open. Recently discovered earthquake damage has shut the rest of the building down. Initially the damage appeared to be external. The buildings brick facade was loosened in during last November's earthquake and engineers were afraid that it may begin to fall off of the building. Now they are more concerned with looking at what was underneath.

John Rodda, the Director of Parks and Recreation for the Municipality of Anchorage says that recently his office received word that the building would be deemed unsafe to occupy. Tests are currently underway to determine what work will be needed for the closed portions of the building to re-open.

Alaska Club Ceo Robert Brewster told KTUU that the health club was only able to remain in business at that location after multiple engineers were brought in to clear that section of the building for use.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Public Library is working to procure trailers and portable drop boxes to continue serving the community, but there's no current time table on when they might be able to return to their permanent location.

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