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Ed Rice Community Center is safe, will re-open
Ed Rice CC is safe, will re-open
Posted on 09/06/2018
Tests by an outside environmental consultant have shown that there is not a mold problem at Ed Rice Community Center. Based on those findings, the facility is safe and will reopen at noon Friday.

The standard for judging mold spore levels to be “elevated” is when mold spore counts inside a building are more than 80 percent of the mold spore counts outside that building. The tests at Ed Rice Community Center showed that spore counts were between 0.57 and 4.24 percent of the outside counts — well below mold spore levels in the outside air. The consultant noted that these findings are an indication that there are not active mold colonies releasing spores inside the building.

We're sharing the lab reports here and here.

Complaints about the potential of mold came from a television interview given by the administrator of the Shelby County Election Commission, which uses the building as a polling place. As a precautionary measure, the City closed the center last Thursday, Aug. 30, pending the test results.

Ed Rice Community Center is located at 2907 North Watkins Street in Frayser.

In the current year’s capital improvement budget, Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis City Council, chaired by District 7 representative Berlin Boyd, approved $960,000 to design a replacement for Ed Rice Community Center, which was built in the mid-1960s.
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