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Sustainability of Frank Cochran air conditioning units unknown, city taking precautions

The Frank Cochran Center in Highland park is a popular event venue for locals and those who come to visit, however, the future of the air conditioning units that cool the just over 16,000 square foot facility is unknown. The units were installed alongside the facility when it was built around four decades ago, and now the city is concerned they might not turn on at any given moment. Public Safety Director Doug Stephens said they are making renters aware of this issue and are coming up with alternate ways of cooling such as providing large fans, as a precaution. He said rental prices are staying the same, with a case-by-case exception that if something happens to the units during an event, then a reduction in rental prices will be discussed.

“Investing and maintaining these buildings is a big deal. This will be a large expense when it comes to replacing the air condition units in the Frank Cochran Center. It’s a multi-use building. It’s used for various different things such as weddings, receptions, family reunions, and even large events such as the Meridian Picnic coming up at the end of this month.” Said Stephens. They are currently having professionals look at the units to see how much it would cost to replace and will be presenting those figures to the city council during upcoming budget discussions.

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