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Last Suit Settled Over Salem's Courthouse Square

AP | March 15, 2013 8:25 a.m. | Updated: March 15, 2013 9:28 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

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Public officials in Salem have settled the last lawsuit over a combination office building-bus mall closed three years ago because of structural defects.

Courthouse Square is owned by Marion County and Salem-Keizer Transit. It opened in 2000, but occupants soon noted settling and structural problems.

In 2010, engineers found the problems worse than initially thought, and the building was closed.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports the county and the transit agency have agreed to a $605,000 settlement with Century West Engineering Corp., which was responsible for the structural designs.

Lawsuits have collected about $12.5 million. The largest single settlement was $9.5 million from the insurer, Affiliated FM Insurance Co.

Courthouse Square is undergoing $23 million in repairs and is scheduled to reopen next year.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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