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Governor's office prepares for move from Capitol

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Gov. Mark Dayton is preparing to lose his office.

Dayton and his staff only have about six months left before a massive renovation project at the capitol will displace them. The Associated Press reports that the governor and his staff will relocate to the Veterans Services Building near the edge of downtown St. Paul by June.

The building is vacant and considered to be ready for them to move into.

The Associated Press report said Dayton personally nixed a move to the Centennial Office Building. He was concerned about the high costs of retrofitting that space.

The $272 million capitol renovation project began in September, it is expected to be completed in December 2016.

Opened in 1905, the Department of Administration says the building's infrastructure has been deemed inadequate and at risk of failure.

The project will repair the crumbling stone exterior, replace corroded plumbing systems, upgrade mechanical, electrical and technology systems. Additionally, it will increase the building's energy efficiency and improve access for all Minnesotans.

In May at the conclusion of the 2014 legislative session construction will close and repair the west and north wings of the capitol. Chambers will be available in temporary condition for the 2015 legislative session. The project will also close and repair the east wing and many public spaces from June 2015 through December 2016

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