Debate heats up on ‘sick’ state office building

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The debate is heating up again about where state government offices should be located in Bennington.

The Douglas administration is pushing to renovate a building that was closed after it was blamed for worker health problems.

But a local task force is calling for the offices to move downtown.

Buildings and General Services Commissioner Gerry Myers says the state Health Department recently found that the building can be renovated.

So he says that’s what must happen under legislation passed earlier this year.

It’s estimated that renovations to the building could cost about $9 million.

An alternative proposal to move the state offices to downtown Bennington has been given a preliminary price tag of about $18 million.

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