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Pendleton - A decision regarding an empty, town-owned building could be made as early as this week according to Pendleton officials.

The Pendleton Historical Preservation Commission, which recently took control of the building, has been in active negotiations with the Pendleton Artists Society for the old town hall for almost a month.

The building, which was used as the town hall for several years, is empty and badly in need of repairs. The historic building also once housed the Roxy Theater before it was closed and left empty more than two years ago.

Preservation commission Chairman Robert Jones said the two groups have met a few times to discuss the building, after PAS expressed interest and submitted a lengthy proposal.

“We’ve had two meetings with the good folks at PAS and I think the negations are going really well,” Jones said.

While he did not discuss the particulars of the negotiations, Jones said a decision regarding the selling, leasing or renting of the building could be made as early as this week.

“We’re proceeding and looking at several different options,” Jones said. “We’re still working out the details, and the important thing for HPC is that we make the right decision.”

Jones said the group must still discuss options before a decision is made; the next historic commission meeting was set for

7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 (after press time) at town hall.

“The HPC is very supportive of PAS, there is so much interest on their part,” Jones said. “We’re striving to work together and we’re optimistic that we can make this a win-win for all those involved.”

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