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Skating rink searches for options to re-open

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by Danielle Wagner

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Each time Stephen Miller is inside the Black Hawk Rollerdrome, the flood damage gets worse. More mold and more buckled floor boards.

The rollerdrome was built prior to 1962. Running the skating rink was Miller's full-time job for 18 years, now it's all gone. The rollerdrome was a popular place. Lots of children's birthdays were celebrated there.

"When we were open I'd get five or six calls a day interested in birthday parties or interested in private parties. Now I'm getting calls, 10 to 20 a day, just wondering if I'm open," said Black Hawk Rollerdrome co-owner Stephen Miller.

But the damage is so bad, Miller can't afford to make the necessary repairs.

"The flood plain that we're in allows us to repair it up to 50 percent of the value, so we can only spend half of the assessed value on the building in order to repair it, which is not possible," said Miller.

Miller is looking into other buildings, but said starting from scratch is out of the question.

"Building costs today are so high. With property taxes based on price and assessed value of a building, that becomes impossible to pay for with a skating rink," he said.

Waterloo resident John Dunlay brought his kids to the rollerdrome. He wants another skating rink.

"Just something for kids to do. It's relatively inexpensive. They do a good job here. I think it'll be a shame to not have something like this," said John Dunlay.

Stephen Miller agrees and hopes something can be done to give kids a place to skate inside.

Online Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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