Minn. governor plots office move amid Capitol redo

Published 11:20 am Wednesday, December 4, 2013

ST. PAUL  — Minnesota’s governor is losing his office — literally.

Mark Dayton

Mark Dayton

Gov. Mark Dayton and his staff have about six months left in their two-floor suite before a massive renovation to the century-old Capitol displaces them. They’ll relocate to the Veterans Services Building on the edge of downtown St. Paul by June, he said Tuesday.

Dayton said he personally nixed a move to the closer Centennial Office Building because he was concerned about the high costs of retrofitting that space, particularly in an election year.

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“The remodeling and renovation costs here were something I did not want to see associated with me,” Dayton said as he left an employee recognition ceremony at Centennial.

The Veterans Building space is vacant and considered move-in ready.

The Democratic governor — or his successor if he is defeated next fall — won’t return to the Capitol until December 2016 at the earliest.

A $270 million project is under way to recondition the Capitol inside and out.