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Dozens of protesters gathered in West Hollywood on Monday in an attempt to stop the possible demolition of a 75-year-old building.

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A group opposed to the possible demolition of the Great Hall/Long Hall in Plummer park protest on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

The historic Great Hall/Long Hall building in Plummer Park is at the heart of a controversial renovation project proposed for the area.

The city is currently in the process of obtaining bids to consider the removal of Great Hall/Long Hall, according to Joshua Schare, the public information officer for the City of West Hollywood.

Residents who want to save the hall were on hand Monday morning during a scheduled walk-through of the site by contractors bidding on the project, according to a news release by Protect Plummer Park.

The Protect Plummer Park group described itself in the news release as a grassroots organization formed to stop the $41.3 million plan.

The group also claims more than a dozen “old-growth” trees would be destroyed during the project.

As part of an earlier proposal, the hall was to be torn down during construction of an underground parking garage and replaced with open park space, the LA Times reported in November.

But in response to community concerns, plans to build the parking structure at the site were scrapped, Schare said.

The Great Hall/Long Hall was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in July.