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Rehoboth Beach City Hall Demolished After More Than 50 Years

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After more than 50 years, the Rehoboth Beach City Hall was demolished on Wednesday (Photo: WBOC) After more than 50 years, the Rehoboth Beach City Hall was demolished on Wednesday (Photo: WBOC)

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - In 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson was Time’s "Man of the Year," the Sharpie had just been released, and My Fair Lady won best picture in the Oscars. That was also the year that the Rehoboth Beach City Hall was first erected. Fifty-one years later, the historic landmark was torn down, in order to make way for a brand new city hall. 

Residents of Rehoboth Beach voted last year to allow the city to borrow up to $18 million, in order to pay for the construction of the city hall. The project would also rebuild the convention center and the police station. 

Leonard Tylecki, a resident who grew up in a home adjacent to the City Hall complex, said the project was a sign of progress.

“I watched the old one get torn down,” he said. “And watched the new one go up. And now I’m seeing this one go down. Rehoboth is changing.” 

Over the years, the building has been used for a variety of uses, including the library, the police station, and government offices. Tylecki said that it’s difficult not to get nostalgic about the building. 

“Being the building that it is,” he said. “And what happened here over the years. Its history. It’s where we’ve been. And now where we’re going.” 

Another resident, Walter Brittingham, has lived in the town for most of his life, and said the project is desperately needed. 

“It’s a good move,” he said. “I voted for the changes. And I think it’s past time. They need the room." 

The project is expected to be completed by spring of 2017, and so many of this year’s events will be changing locations. That includes the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, which has used the convention center for years. 

Organizer Denny Santangini said the main concert will be moved to the Bay Center in Dewey Beach, until the convention center is available. 

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