Updated: 02/27/2014 7:42 PM
Created: 02/27/2014 5:35 PM KSTP.com
Minnesota Department of Administration officials estimate it would cost at least $2.4 million to rent temporary space for state senators and staff during the ongoing Capitol renovation.
Administration officials gave a range Thursday that runs as high as $2.9 million per year, not counting the yet-known costs of retrofitting rental space. The estimate is based on a need to find at least 135,000 square feet nearby.
The new Senate building and a related parking ramp project have been priced at $90 million.
Wayne Woslaski, from the Dept. of Administration, testified that the lease costs would be ongoing and could total beyond $90 million for build-out costs and ongoing rent over a period of 20-30 years.
The House Rules and Administration Committee is the last legislative hurdle for the new office project. But it is also the subject of a lawsuit.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.