Send off scheduled for half-century old City Hall before demolition

EUGENE, Ore. -- Crews will start to tear down the half-century old Eugene City Hall building this week, but not before local government officials give the structure a proper send-off.

Mayor Kitty Piercy and a few invited guests will gather at the building on Pearl Street Wednesday morning to give speeches and relive highlights of the building, which was originally built in 1964.

Construction of a new $15 million eugene city hall is scheduled to begin next year.

Some architects in town say they'd rather see the the old city hall renovated rather than demolished. The aging city hall building was closed in August, 2012.