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Oregon plans to convert coliseum into museum, cultural center

OREGON (WREX) — The city of Oregon wants to retool a historic building to bring more tourists into the city.

Dozens of people met at the Oregon Coliseum Wednesday night to talk about its potential lease. The plan calls for installing an art exhibit and audio/visual recording studio.

Some residents have reservations about the idea. They said the building, which is funded by taxpayers, shouldn't be changed by the city without a vote from citizens.

"It belongs to the community, it's community owned, and the community has put its heart and soul into this building, and everybody loves it. It's historical and we don't want to lose that, either," said Chris Corcoran, who lives in Oregon.

City Council plans to vote on the potential lease February 25.

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