Sarah McKenzie

Government Center plaza paver curse continues

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Hennepin County Government Center's plaza has been bedeviled over the years by its brick pavers -- the original 1974 set became quite slippery when wet, as did the 1990 replacements.

Last fall, the county solved the problem with a new, rough-hewn set of pavers costing $600,000.

Now, the problem isn't slipping -- it's chipping.

The pavers on the 5th Street side of the Government Center, 300 S. 5th St., began to chip and flake nearly as soon as installation finished this spring, said Judith Hollander, director of the county's Property Services Department.

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