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Lawmakers take another look at new state office building project

Jul 16, 2013 - The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming lawmakers are taking a second look at building a new state office building at the site of a former Safeway store.

Gov. Matt Mead halted the plan last year. He refused to release the $4.4 million the Legislature had approved for design work on the proposed building.

The project carries a preliminary estimate of $60 million to $80 million. The building would bring 200,000 square feet of office space.

Mead said he wanted to hold off for "several years" because of financial constraints facing the state.

But the Legislature's Management Council voted last week to look at restarting the plans. Lawmakers agreed to draft a bill that would commit the state to putting up the office building.

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