The City of Sterling Heights’ historical Upton House at the intersection of Utica Road and Dodge Park Road is currently undergoing renovations for damages incurred due to an interior water line break.
As a result, the Upton House will be closed to the public until later this year.
According to Facilities Manager Jared Beaudoin, the water line break caused damage to the flooring in the Upton House. The flooring is not original to the Upton House and will be replaced through the City’s insurance program. Fortunately, no items of historical significance were lost due to the water line break.
Library Director and Historical Commission staff liaison Tammy Turgeon said the Upton House’s monthly tours will be canceled until the interior repairs are complete. The timeline is not yet known for re-opening, but Turgeon estimates mid-2019. Updates on the progress of the construction will be shared throughout the process.
“I’m so grateful to the City’s Facilities Maintenance team for their work in discovering the failed water line and quickly helping to mitigate the problem,” Turgeon said. “Thanks to the hard work by staff, we were able to remove everything from the Upton House and move it to safe offsite storage before it was damaged further. I look forward to announcing the Upton House’s re-opening later this year.”