Building in Doubt

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The chair of the Senate Appropriations committee says the proposed state police-national guard building for downtown Lansing is on "life support."

Senator Shirley Johnson says the lease purchase agreement adopted last November by a legislative building committee has been changed without committee approval. Therefore she says the project is no longer up for review.

Lansing developer Joel Ferguson does not agree and believes while changes were made they were to create more tax savings for the state.

Adding to the projects woes, both the new State Police director and National Guard director are also questioning the downtown location.

Col. Tad Sturdivant has outlined 19 different questions he has about the site with many dealing with the security of the facility. The N.G. director thinks a better location might be at Capitol City airport.

For her part the new governor wants to see the bottom line cost benefit to taxpayers before she decides one way or the other.