- Associated Press - Friday, May 26, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota is taking suggestions for preserving the current governor’s residence, but only for a short time before going through with plans to tear it down.

An advertisement will go out in June to receive the proposals for moving and preserving the 10,000-square-foot home completed in 1960, the state’s facility management director, John Boyle, told The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/2qnczHJ ). Boyle said due to the size of the residence it would need to be split and moved in two or three pieces.

“It’s like preserving a piece of history,” Boyle said. “If it could be done, it won’t be inexpensive.”

If no proposals come in by mid-July, the home will be demolished.

The Legislature authorized $4 million from the state’s Capitol Building Fund and $1 million from private donations to construct a new 13,600-square-foot governor’s mansion in 2015.

Jim Poolman, co-chair of the task force raising the donations, said 65 percent of the $1 million has been raised. Funding efforts slowed during the legislative session. But Poolman said he’s confident the goal will be reached by the summer.

Supporters said building a new official home for the governor is more cost-effective than renovating the aging residence. Work is on track for the governor to move in to a new home by Thanksgiving.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com


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