Space issues at the Capitol – which could have cost taxpayers – are solved

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A space dispute that threatened to delay renovations of the Minnesota Capitol building ��� pushing up the cost for taxpayers by hundreds of thousands of dollars – is apparently no longer an issue.

MPR reports a final design was approved Thursday.

You can read many of the specific details from the State Capitol Preservation Commission in this document – but here's a quick outline:

  • More public spaces, including reservable dining rooms, classroom spaces, and an information center.
  • Five accessible entrances (two more than what was planned).
  • Three additional restrooms, making 14 total.
  • The creation of a 'Mother's Room."

In addition, the number of offices for state Senators was dropped from 39 down to just four, MPR reports – but they will all have offices across the street, in the new Senate office building that's currently being constructed.

The three key figures involved – Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL) and House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R) – managed to break a stalemate and come to a compromise earlier this week, the West Central Tribune says.

The new space will be divided pretty equitably among House and Senate officials, MinnPost reports. But Daudt said there will be no officers for Representatives in the Capitol building. The space designated for those offices went to public additions, a "priority" for the House, Daudt said.

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