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A look inside the Morton Center renovation

The nearly 90-year-old building is being renovated to become the permanent city hall.

Posted: Oct 17, 2019 8:56 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Crews are busy turning the Morton Center into West Lafayette's permanent city hall. News 18 went inside and got a look at progress so far.

Mayor John Dennis led a tour through the Morton Center Wednesday morning. The nearly 90-year-old building is being renovated to become the permanent city hall.

Right now, crews are still working on the demolition, and they're doing their best to preserve some of the Morton Center's history.

Dennis said the process may be harder than you think.

"Instead of calling it demolition, it's almost more like surgery," he explained. "The team that's in here right now has to be very careful about what they're doing. It's not just a matter of getting a big wrecking ball and knocking it down."

Dennis said it's important to take time to appreciate the building throughout the process.

"People are so familiar with Morton School, the Morton Center and, for a short time, city hall," Dennis added. "We want to make sure we document where it was, where it is right now and then, obviously, when we get finished you all will come back and see where it's going to be."

Work on the $12 to $13 million dollar project should be done at the end of 2020.

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