WWL-TV report: Cost of repairing Treme recreation center hits $6.4 million and growing _lowres

Photo provided by WWL-TV -- Costs to fix the botched post-Katrina renovations at the Treme Center, the city-owned recreation center, have ballooned from $3.5 million to more than $6 million last year.

After months of work to fix the botched post-Katrina renovations at the Treme Center, the city-owned recreation center, its pool and its gym reopened in mid-March following hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra costs to taxpayers.

Repairs to the Treme Center have had the facility bouncing back and forth from open to closed since Hurricane Katrina nearly 10 years ago. In April 2013, Mayor Mitch Landrieu celebrated one of those reopenings, citing the building as a symbol of progress in the city’s recovery.

But shortly after the pomp and circumstance quieted, problems began to surface with the construction project, which ballooned from $3.5 million to more than $6 million last year.

“I think it’s been closed more than it’s been open. And this is a renovation that’s over $6 million,” said Amy Stelly, a community activist who likes to swim in the Treme Center pool.

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