- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The demolition of the Docking State Office Building is not expected until at least the summer of next year.

The Brownback administration has wanted to demolish the building in Topeka for some time. Department of Administration spokesman John Milburn says the budget under negotiation for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, doesn’t include an appropriation for tearing down the building. The project is expected to cost an estimated $7.5 million. Milburn says the department has the authority to use its funds to pay for the demolition.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1Kk5gUO ) Senate negotiators proposed a one-year delay of the demolition, which House negotiators rejected. Sen. Laura Kelly said a compromise would allow the demolition but prohibit the state from giving up or selling the land.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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