Although it appeared additional time would be granted, the Commission
received a letter on April 19th stating that the extension had been
denied. Demolition commenced the next morning, before any architectural
features could be salvaged.
The sudden demolition appears quite unnecessary, as the new county
facility being constructed across the street, which necessitated the need
for additional parking, has been stalled for months and will not be
completed until well after the six month extension period requested would
have passed. The Commission is using the event as a wake-up call to the
community for the preservation of the remaining historic structures in the
downtown core, which has lost many of its most significant buildings over
the past twenty years..
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