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Groundbreaking set for civic center

Silverton has set a groundbreaking for its new civic center complex for 11:30 a.m. April 11 at the site of the former Eugene Field School.

Elected officials and city staff will be on hand to make remarks, said City Manager Ron Chandler, but the schedule was still being finalized at Our Town’s presstime.

The $19 million project includes a two-story building, parking, a park and a plaza. The building will be erected on a 2.7-acre site at the north end of the Eugene Field property, which backs up to A Street between North Water and North First. A park is planned for the south end of the property that abuts Park Street. A plaza and parking are scheduled to be constructed between the building and the park area.

City staff and the police currently are housed a few blocks away on South Water Street in a building that is not seismically safe. The new building is scheduled to open sometime next summer.

– James Day

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