Anchorage bank building could house lawmakers soon

    THE FORMER WELLS FARGO BANK BUILDING IN SPENARD NOW BELONGS TO THE STATE, AND COULD BECOME THE LEGISLATURE'S NEW ANCHORAGE OFFICES WITHIN A MONTH.

    THE ALASKA DISPATCH REPORTS THAT THE NEARLY 12-MILLION DOLLAR PURCHASE CLOSED ON THURSDAY.

    THE BUILDING AT MINNESOTA DRIVE & BENSON BOULEVARD REQUIRES SOME RENOVATIONS, WHICH WILL LIKELY NOT BEGIN UNTIL LAWMAKERS HEAD TO JUNEAU WHEN THE REGULAR SESSION STARTS IN JANUARY.

    THE LEGISLATURE MUST MOVE OUT OF ITS DOWNTOWN OFFICES ON 4TH AVENUE BY OCTOBER 16TH.

    THE LEASE ON THE LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION OFFICE WAS RULED INVALID BECAUSE IT WAS NOT PROPERLY PUT OUT TO BID, AFTER A MAJOR RENOVATION.

    A PROPOSAL TO BUY THAT BUILDING FOR 32 MILLION DOLLARS WAS REMOVED FROM THE BUDGET.

    THE LANDLORD IS GOING TO COURT SEEKING 37 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES. THE LEGISLATURE MUST RESPOND BY NEXT MONTH.

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