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Despite vote, Blue Building work discussed
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McMinnville residents voiced their opinion that city officials should not spend $6 million on Blue Building restoration. That measure failed 60.4 percent to 39.6 percent during a referendum last Tuesday.Now under consider is reducing the cost of renovation by removing parts of the building, such as the gymnasium.Incoming Alderman Mike Neal says he believes the city should consider removing the non-historic parts of the building and renovating the rest.“My opinion on the Blue Building is we shouldn’t renovate the whole thing, but I would hate to lose another historic building,” said Neal. “We could remove the gymnasium and wings of the building and just renovate the mansion in the center of the building.