COPY-Arena's leaky roof will cost nearly $500,000 to fix

By Steve Crump - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Time Warner Cable Arena located in center city Charlotte is about five years old, but the leaky roof is already in need of repairs.

The city says you can't see it from the ground.

When it rains, the roof leaks at Time Warner Cable Arena.

City leaders want to spend half-a-million dollars to fix the problem.

The Charlotte Bobcats made it to the NBA playoffs for the very first time,  but their home need of serious repairs.

The roof at Time Warner Cable Arena is wearing out well ahead of schedule.

Jeb Blackwell is an engineer with the City of Charlotte.

He said, " We've had that roof for five years and we've had some leak problems with it."

Repairs will require nearly a half million tax dollars, but city council member Michael Barnes wonders if this is the beginning.

"Are there any major structural or mechanical problems that we're gonna have to deal with in the next couple years? And we need to know," Barnes said.

The roof is under warranty with the contractor Dow Industries, but the city is buying thicker replacement material.

Repairs also allow the Time Warner Cable logo to appear which is part of the naming rights agreement.

The 491 thousand dollars comes from a special contingency fund, but Councilman Barnes isn't eager to tap the reserves.

He adds.  "We've got the funding, but the issue is having to spend it when we thought we were done with the construction and major expenses there."

But will engineers have to hit their cash stash in the near future?

Those familiar with the project aren't expecting any new surprises.

Jeb Blackwell doesn't see difficulties down the road.

"We don't have any structure issues, but with any building there can be problems, and you work with them with the building just as if you bought a house," he said.

The repair work could begin at end of the Bobcats season and last three to four months.

Once it's finished, The city gets a new 15 year warranty.

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