Proposal to buy Anchorage office withdrawn

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

The chair of the Legislative Council has withdrawn from consideration the potential purchase of a legislative information office in downtown Anchorage.

The proposal had been brought to the council of House and Senate lawmakers for consideration last month, as an alternative to a 10-year lease agreement for remodeled and expanded space. Critics had questioned the cost of the lease deal.

Some senators openly expressed misgivings with the purchase option, which would have applied to the building but not to the ground and parking.

Senate President Charlie Huggins previously told reporters he would recommend keeping the lease for at least a year, with the option to purchase. But no such option was raised or discussed at Thursday's meeting.

Inaction on the purchase option means the lease remains in effect.