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Cost concerns over new state office building in St. Albans

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Vermont lawmakers examining state budget overruns heard this week about plans for new state offices in St. Albans.

Plans call for the state to move about 200 Department of Labor employees into a building to be built on Federal Street. It's a complex deal that involves a private developer using a state loan and tax increment financing. The state will then lease the space from the developer, which will cost more than if the state owned the building itself.

State officials have defended the cost of the project saying it's part of larger redevelopment scheme for the downtown.

"When you go ahead and do downtown redevelopment projects, they're inherently more expensive than doing greenfield development. But the state's got a firm commitment to doing all of its work or as much of its work as possible in our downtowns and established growth centers, where there already is the infrastructure, where there is public transportation and where our employees want to be," Vt. Commerce Secretary Lawrence Miller said.

Another part of the deal involved the sale of the current state office building in St. Albans to Mylan Technologies for $8 million.

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