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DENVER-The end gets closer for the landmark 100,000-sf Currigan Hall, designed to be taken apart and rebuilt like a Tinker toy, with a board nixing a city-civic plan to relocate it across the street to the Auraria Higher Education campus.

Denver officials and preservation-minded architects and developers have worked for months on a plan to save the building from the wrecking ball being swung by the expansion of the Colorado Convention Center. The city even is offering to donate $700,000 toward the moving costs. Denver develop Scott deLuise has teamed with the city and RNL Design, the city’s largest architectural firm to push the relocation plan to the state’s largest campus, home to three colleges.

The Auraria board says there isn’t enough money or land to accommodate Currigan, according to Dean Wolf, Auraria’s vice president of facilities administration. “The civil zeal with which the Currigan at Auraria group has approached its project was noted by (Auraria) board members,” Wolf wrote to the city. “However, this proposed project is not in the best interests of the campus at this time because of its impact on Auraria.”

The rejection isn’t stopping city planning director Jennifer Moulton and deLuise, who say they are disappointed by the decision, but will continue to look at other sites for 31-year-old Currigan.

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