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Alaska Lawmakers Want to Revamp Anchorage Offices
Lawmakers are planning to revamp and expand their cramped offices in downtown Anchorage.
ANCHORAGE- Lawmakers are planning to revamp and expand their cramped offices in downtown Anchorage.
The Legislative Council, a joint committee of the House and Senate, voted Friday to let its chairman, Republican Rep. Mike Hawker, begin negotiating a deal with the landlord of the building that houses the offices.
Hawker says the six-story building is dilapidated. There's only one big room for hearings, and the building is cold in the winter and hot in the summer.
Mark Pfeffer is the building's new landlord. He's a politically active architect and developer and already is part of the group that owns Anchorage City Hall.
Plans include having the building's owners buy the Anchor Pub building next door, and then erect a taller structure there. The legislative building would be gutted and refurbished with be new elevators, bathrooms, a heating and air conditioning system, more windows, and more space for hearing rooms and visiting legislators.