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Rental Space for Minn. Senators: $2.4M to $2.9M

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.
 


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