RTC extension part of approved bonding billPublished 11:00am Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Regional Treatment Center’s demolition deadline extension was granted Monday night. It was part of a bonding bill that passed at the state capitol on the Legislature’s final day.
“It passed with overwhelming support,” said Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls).
The deadline to request reimbursement for up to $5 million in demolition funds is now December 2016, instead of December 2014. Grant funds will not be increased in the proposed legislative action.
“I think it’s a win-win,” Nornes said. “It kind of takes demolition off the table. That’s the ultimate hope, I guess. No guarantees there either, but it sounds like the city has made some really good progress.”
Extensive work on the 107-year-old state Capitol is getting the go-ahead from Minnesota lawmakers in a late financial rescue package.
A borrowing proposal that came together on the Legislature’s final day includes $109 million for the next phase of a renovation to the deteriorating building. The money was needed this year to keep underway construction from halting. A new parking ramp will be authorized, but paid for with fees from users.
The package is the result of high-level negotiations involving majority Democrats and minority Republicans, testament to the supermajority it requires for passage. It cleared both chambers with votes to spare and is on to Gov. Mark Dayton.
Aside from the Capitol project is an $18.9 million award for a new Minneapolis Veterans Home building that will garner a big federal match. There is also $20 million for flood mitigation projects.
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