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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Who'll stop the rain?
As rain continued to seep into historic structures at Fort Snelling, the cost of revitalizing those buildings has risen from $65 million to $80 million in just two years, according to preservationist Chuck Liddy of Miller Dunwiddie Architecture in an article in Finance and Commerce.
A peek at the video embedded into this blog post reveals the extent of the damage and Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin's reaction to the damage.
Some of that increased cost could have been avoided had Gov. Tim Pawlenty not vetoed a 2007 bonding bill that included money to stop the leaks. A 2008 bonding bill transfers $500,000 to the county to shore up 27 of 28 buildings at Fort Snelling's Upper Post.
Minnesota Public Radio also aired a report today on Fort Snelling.