Leaky Mpls. Convention Center roof spoiled big day, suit says

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 19, 2012 - 6:26 AM

The Minneapolis Convention Center domes are getting a plastic makeover.

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swmnguySep. 18, 12 8:18 PM

I work at the MCC fairly often. There has been a lot of maintenance deferred in that building. Yes, the roof leaks in the X-halls. I've certainly seen it. It doesn't leak as much as this suit seems to suggest.

But it's most likely that Xccent Inc. wasn't working directly with the MCC, but instead was working with the NRPA. Xccent should have withheld payment to the NRPA for the space, and held them accountable. Then the NRPA could go after the MCC for the issues.

The fact that this isn't what Xccent is doing suggests to me that there was something in the contract Xccent signed with the NRPA that lets NRPA off the hook, and Xccent isn't able to get satisfaction or at least an insurance settlement out of NRPA.

MCC shouldn't be renting out space when they know the roof leaks. If the City Council won't approve the money to fix the darn roof, then maybe they need to get sued to get somebody's attention. But I don't think Xccent has a direct link to the MCC, so I don't think they're going to win this suit.

refurnishSep. 18, 12 8:25 PM

Its time for the City to step up and pay the bill if it is a well documented expense list. Clearly, the City knew the roof leaked and continued to lease the space out. Lets show this vendor how hospitable Mpls is.

anaradSep. 18, 12 8:41 PM

23 years on a commercial roof? Seems like a pretty short life span....sounds like shabby construction....

pwcgoldfishSep. 18, 12 9:29 PM

I can see the roof out my office window. They are always doing work on that roof. My coworkers are always asking each other "wonder wat they are doing now"

kdawg1959Sep. 18, 12 9:31 PM

Another building built by poor union labor!!

dtmonkeyboySep. 18, 1210:35 PM

The plaintiff is indeed suing the wrong party...but is sounds like they are good at getting subsidies and other monies from the government.

sarahanneSep. 18, 1210:58 PM

And isn't some of the money going from the convention center to the Vikings stadium? Be interested knowing which has a bigger impact downtown - top notch convention center or a football stadium?

rshacklefordSep. 19, 1212:50 AM

"The city added that it only has a contract with NRPA -- not Xccent -- for use of the space, so it had sued the wrong party." ---- NRPA should step up to the plate and deal with the MCC. In any case, NRPA as a 'national' organization (but based in VA apparently) should be insured if it was leasing the space to Xccent and do the right thing (return Xccent's lease/rental fee in full).

gwbuddySep. 19, 12 4:59 AM

The Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) should NEVER have been built in Downtown Minneapolis in the first place. The Mall of America (MOA) would have been a much better location. I haven't heard of any leaking roofs at MOA. But since Minneapolis won the Convention Center battle, it gets the repair bills too. I sure do hope that the "Repaired" MCC roof lasts longer than "Original" MCC roof's short life of 23 years.

bgmach3Sep. 19, 12 5:59 AM

Union labor to blame huh! More like the city acted like most home owners that don't have a clue as to what proper repairs actually cost, most always go with the "cheap". Another reason why some homeowners shouldn't own a home and of course realtors and bankers never mention what they can expect for repair costs in the future. Lets just keep putting people in huge homes with granite counter tops. The whole housing bubble is going to burst again in about 5 years. More new, more expensive and larger homes are being built now than any time during the previous housing boom. Ignorance and greed are bliss once again!


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