Pioneer Park's Centennial Center closing due to structural damage

Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Bryce Ward announced on Friday afternoon that the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts in Pioneer Park will be closing due to structural damage. (Carly Sjordal/KTVF)
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Bryce Ward announced on Friday afternoon that the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts in Pioneer Park will be closing due to structural damage.

The structural damage is to the external support columns and is caused by wood rot. The FNSB Public Works Department advised the borough that the building is unsafe and not suitable for public use.

The Fairbanks Art Association is the primary tenant in the Centennial Center and occupies space in the building on the first and third floors. FNSB is working with the Fairbanks Arts Association to identify another borough facility to temporarily move their Arts center in operations to.

The Public Works Department is working to establish a timeline for the repairs of the building which are expected to take between 90-120 days.

Pioneer Park staff have contacted the user groups who have events scheduled over this weekend and have assisted them with identifying locations to relocate their events.

The borough along with Public Works and Pioneer Park staff will continue to work with the Fairbanks Arts Association and all organizations who have events scheduled to assist with relocation.

The Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts was built in 1967 and includes the Bear Gallery, a full production theater, a two-story exhibit hall with an open mezzanine as well as conference space which is used for large and small events.

If your organization has an event scheduled at the centennial Center, please call Pioneer Parks administration office at 459-1087 to discuss the relocation of your event.

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