By Knute Berger

A King County judge has found that the city of Seattle’s landmarks ordinance does not apply to the University of Washington’s main campus.

The decision is a boost for the UW’s plan to build a new $106 million Computer Science & Engineering complex on the site of More Hall Annex, a 1960s nuclear reactor building that is on the national and state registers of historic places. Preservationists have sought to protect the structure from demolition; the UW says their new facility, called the CSEII building, must be erected at that site and the annex brought down.

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