Facility touted as next big thing still shut
Shawn D. Lewis / The
In the photo this $900,000 “house” looks like a single wide mobile home and by its square footage it would seem so.
months ago, officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the
$900,000 house owned by the city of
But it never opened to the public. And it remains closed.
Frozen pipes during the winter caused $16,000 in damage to floors, (With no gas or electric living in the Icy cold winter temps of Michigan and prolonged winter darkness what were its builders thinking – it is not technologically feasible on solar power to heat this building in Michigan’s climate.) and city officials aren't sure when the house at the Troy Community Center will open.
"It's not safe right now, (One wonders what kind of floor damage they are talking about? They caved in? they are all warped and twisted?) and there's no estimated opening time because it depends on when we can get funding," said Carol Anderson, director of the city's Parks and Recreation Department.
That surprised (Surprised that this $900,000 albatross went down in flames) the
"No, I didn't know anything about it," said Steve Huber, spokesman for county planning.
Bret Rasegnan, planning supervisor for the department, said the solar tours have been removed from the finalized agenda for the summit.
"It is disappointing that we can't tour, but the summit will still be of great value. I don't think it's reflective of the technology."
So what caused the flood?
The city says it was a mechanical problem. University officials heard it differently.
Jeff Biegler, superintendent of parks for the city, said the flooding occurred from a glitch in the heater.
"The system was designed to kick a heater on to keep water from freezing," Biegler said. "The heater drew all reserve power out of the battery causing the system to back down and the pipes froze." (With little or no sunlight during winter -- the batteries ran out [This is not a glitch, this is a complete failure in design to accommodate the climate in which this million dollar albatross was dumped])