Commission favors arts group plan for old hall

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Pendleton - The Pendleton Historical Preservation Commission met Tuesday, Dec. 10, to discuss two proposals in an effort to chart a course for the future of the old town hall.

Located at 119 W. State St. in the historic downtown business district, the old town hall, which also once housed the Roxy Theater, has recently seen interest from non-profit groups in Pendleton.

Chairman Robert Jones, who heads the commission, said two proposals had been submitted for the possible refurbishment of the building.

The first was a one-page document from Main Street Pendleton, a non-profit organization formed last December that focuses on the revitalization of downtown Pendleton.

The even newer group, the Pendleton Artist Society, which met for the first time this February, submitted a proposal of around 20 pages. Several members from the group were present at the meeting.

“The town council has recently approved offering the building to us so that we can move forward with some type of plan for the old town hall,” Jones said.

Other commission members – Carol Street, Stephen Bourke, Bob Post and Randall Woodruff – were also all present at the 7 p.m.

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