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Capital Investment Updates

From state-owned Asset Preservation to Local Projects to just cool things that make it into the bonding bill, here's where we'll share the new and noteworthy information about public investments in building rehabilitation.

Update - January 24, 2023

In case you missed it, the House Rules Committee held two hearings in December on plans to renovate and add onto the State Office Building. The plans by BWBR and Robert A.M. Stern Architects come with a $500 million price tag and received a fair amount of press scrutiny, with articles in the state’s major newspapers, business journals, web-based news outlets including Axios Twin Cities & the Minnesota Reformer, and Twin Cities-area TV news. A Fox9 news report from one year ago reported that, in 2019, the estimated cost of renovations were about half that amount at $288 million. Presentations on the conditions of the building, which was constructed in 1932 and last renovated in the 1980s, were insightful, especially on issues such as accessibility and mechanical systems.

Yet unknown are specific plans for the state-owned, long-vacant, National Register-eligible Ford Building, which stands a short distance across University Avenue from the proposed expanded footprint of the State Office Building. The Legislature appropriated $170,000 In October 2020 to design a demolition plan for the Ford Building, including some kind of design element to memorialize the existing building. Based on past presentations to the Capitol Area Architecture and Planning Board, the State’s ultimate goal has been a new office building on the corner of Rice and University, taking up most of the block adjacent to historic Christ Lutheran Church.

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