- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The expected $7.6 million cost for the renovation of the West Virginia Lottery’s headquarters could mount amid a protracted bid dispute.

The renovation involves the lottery’s 13-story home in Charleston. In May, a circuit judge law clerk directed a lawyer for Maynard C. Smith Construction to draw up an order for the renovation contract. But the state and Wiseman Construction challenged the proposed order.

The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1H5gPSD) reports that the state said in court papers that the renovation’s costs will increase significantly if the bid dispute drags on. They also say the state stands to lose $465,000 annually in rental income.

The Lottery building renovation will include space for the state Insurance Commission. It hopes to move its offices there from a state-owned building on the city’s East End.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com

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