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Civic Center demolished in preparation for renovation
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Demolition inside McMinnville Civic Center is almost complete. Pictured is the gym area.

McMinnville Civic Center has been gutted to prepare for renovation. 

“We are probably around 90 percent done with demo on the inside of the building,” said McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department director Scott McCord. “What’s left are a few walls, but mostly wiring and electrical. All the wiring that was put in there over 40 years ago needs to be taken out.”

The exterior of the building appears relatively unchanged. Groundwork is being complete to prepare for the two expansions.

“A dozer came today so they will be doing some grading on some of the outdoor demoed work,” said McCord. “What’s remaining on the outside are the windows and glass that needs to be taken out and some of the brickwork.”

A portion of the front parking lot has been demolished to prepare that area for the building’s expansion. 

“Silt fencing has been placed around the front,” said Community Development Department director Nolan Ming.

Also called filter fence, silt fencing is a temporary sediment control device used on construction sites to protect water quality from sediment (loose soil) in stormwater runoff. 

Construction is on schedule at this time, said McCord.