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Council vote saves Centennial Plaza bricks, tiles

BY THEO DOUGLAS The Bakersfield Californian
Wednesday, Oct 22 2014 09:42 PM

Centennial Plaza's thousands of engraved bricks and tiles will be preserved, and possibly even several broken granite slabs that weren't part of the plan, in a nearly $269,000 remodel for the area approved Wednesday by the Bakersfield City Council.

Carved with messages of love and humor, the Plaza's bricks and tiles and granite slabs were sold to finance its 1998 opening, and as a way for residents and companies that purchased them to be part of Bakersfield history.

But the future of the bricks and tiles was threatened by a city press release in late July announcing their removal.

Outcry from residents and City Council members led to scrutiny from the full council, and a city committee last month.

Wednesday's 7-0 vote sealed plans to save most of the Plaza's most significant elements.

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