Zootown Arts Community Center hopes to reopen soon after water line failure

Cory Walsh

The Zootown Arts Community Center hopes to reopen Friday after a weeklong closure caused by the failure of a water service line.

The pipe that “connects to the city essentially collapsed, and it flooded part of our basement, and the only way to fix it was to excavate and replace it,” said Kia Liszak, the nonprofit’s executive director.

On Thursday afternoon, she said they hoped for but couldn’t confirm a Friday reopening. Check the ZACC’s Facebook page and website, zootownarts.org, for updates.

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The leak was discovered last Wednesday morning, and triggered a closure the next day because they had to shut off all running water, including bathrooms.

The repairs will cost at least $25,000, plus the lost revenue from at least eight days with the doors locked. Liszak said they’ll seek public support to make up for the losses.

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The damage to the inside of the building was minimal, she said, and they’ve already begun repairs including replacement of some drywall.

The historic Studebaker building, which the nonprofit purchased in 2019 after

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