The deteriorating roof of the former Monroe Multi-Sports Complex recently required emergency repairs; as renovations continue for it to become the new River Raisin Education and Visitor Center.

The deteriorating roof of the former Monroe Multi-Sports Complex recently required emergency repairs as heavy rains threatened to damage the progress made inside to transform the building into the new River Raisin Education and Visitor Center.

Administration with the City of Monroe worked with the building authority to authorize the emergency repairs, which took place as interior work is indefinitely suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistant to the city manager and economic development coordinator Mark Cochran updated city council on the project during a virtual work session on Tuesday.

“All of the interior work has come to a halt as a result of the executive order that deemed construction nonessential,” Cochran explained. “The interior work has stopped; however, the rain hasn’t stopped. We know the situation and the problems we’ve had with the roof at that facility, and we reached the point recently where the rain was actually coming through and had started to damage the work that had been done inside the facility as part of the renovation.”

The city has been working with James S. Jacobs Architects to put together a bid package for a more extensive and permanent roof repair, but in the meantime the conditions at the building required a temporary solution, Cochran said. The bid package for the permanent repair or replacement of the roof should be ready to go out soon, and work inside should resume as soon as crews are allowed to get back to work.

“I know I’d like to get that out within the next two weeks or so to try to see what response we get,” Cochran said of the bid. “We look forward to work hopefully continuing inside with the renovations, and making sure the roof is repaired in a timely manner.”

Administration with the City of Monroe worked with the building authority of the former Monroe Multi-Sports Complex to authorize the emergency repairs, which took place as interior work is indefinitely suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.