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After hiatus in demolition, Eugene City Council votes to tear down, replace City Hall

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EUGENE, Oregon — The City Council in Eugene has voted to raze City Hall — or at least most of it.

Two weeks ago, a few days after demolition began, the council called time out to give supporters of the 50-year-old building another hearing.

But Wednesday night the council took four votes on differing motions and ended up voting to proceed with razing and replacing the building.

The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/1v4GxhA) that members said they would consider later whether to preserve the circular council chamber at the center of the old building.

The City Hall was closed in 2012. Critics call it energy inefficient and vulnerable to earthquakes. Supporters say renovation could solve those problems. Critics say that would be more expensive than building anew, but supporters question the cost estimates.


Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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