Flooding Closes Carnegie Resource Center In Downtown Everett

April 24, 2019

Everett

Carnegie

There are signs on the door advising people with questions to call (425) 420-3802.

Carnegie

The building was constructed in 1904 as a library and went on to serve as a funeral home, County Executive’s Office and had sat empty for many years.

In January the Carnegie Resource Center opened to serve as a central location for those affected by the opioid crisis, homelessness and other issues in Everett and Snohomish County. Sort of a one stop shop.

After being open just four months and completing a years-long renovation project at a cost of over two million dollars the historic Carnegie Building is closed after suffering some serious flooding over Easter weekend. Here what happened according to Kent Patton from the Snohomish County Executive’s office.

“Over the weekend of April 20-21, 2019, a janitor contracted for cleaning services left water running in a sink with a blocked drain. By the time employees reported for work on Monday morning, there had been significant flooding. Cleanup and repairs of the Carnegie Building have already begun and are expected to take approximately two weeks to finish. The contractor has taken responsibility for the flooding and will be paying for clean-up, repairs, and associated costs. Organizations working out of the Carnegie Center will make alternative arrangements until the center is once again up and running.”

Patton tells MyEverettNews.com that there is no firm damage estimate yet. Right now there are dehumidifiers and fans working to dry everything out. He says sections of the first floor, where all the activities take place, will be fine; only about 1/3 was impacted. They hope to reopen by mid to late next week.

The social service providers that had been pooled together in the building are mostly working out of their own organizations for the time being. Patton says if people are seeking service they should call 2-1-1 and will be directed to the appropriate contact.



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