Leaks At The Discovery Green Garage

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Yesterday Channel 13 Eyewitness News reporter Miya Shay reported that Discovery Green’s brand-new $21-million dollar parking garage leaks. Not major gushers, mind you, just some drip-drips.

The source for her story? An unidentified City Council member who wouldn’t speak on camera “because of the sensitive nature of this issue.” (What’s so “sensitive” about a couple of leaks?)

Anyway, we tried to talk with Discovery Green Park Director Guy Hagstatte but he was busy in meetings all morning, so we got hold of a representative for the park (who also wished not to be named – are we missing something here?). She assured us that the leaks, aside from the occasional plop-plop drip on the head of an unsuspecting visitor, are not a major concern for the garage and not an indication of structural damage.

“Concrete will get cracks in it and water comes through cracks. It is a common situation. Discovery Green is working to reduce the amount,” she said via e-mail.

Sounds reasonable.

Discovery Green found out the garage leaked last December, and has been working on the problem since then, including injections of products designed to reduce water penetration. They hired an outside firm to take a look at the problem and expect to do some remedial work in the coming winter months when the weather is more conducive to pouring concrete. Okay, still sounds on the reasonable side. (Although, admittedly, for $21 million dollars you don’t expect any hiccups.)

So here’s our question: what’s up with the City Council member who wouldn’t speak on camera? “The sensitive nature of this issue?” Is that double-talk for “I hate the guys who backed the project so I’m going to point out every little flaw I can find and then fan the fire hoping they all go up in flames”?

Olivia Flores Alvarez

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