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​New Kansas Statehouse Power Plant Costs to Exceed Expectations


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State officials say a new power plant for the Kansas Statehouse and nearby office buildings will cost $3.3 million more than previously expected. The disclosure Tuesday to a legislative committee prompted Republican Representative Mark Hutton of Wichita to ask Department of Administration officials to re-examine their plans for the new plant. Department official Mark McGivern said the previous estimate was $13 million and is now $16.3 million. The department plans to build the new plant on the site of a parking lot north of the Statehouse. The existing plant is at the Docking State Office Building west of the Statehouse. The department plans to demolish the Docking building after building the new plant. McGivern said savings on demolition costs would offset part of the extra costs from the new plant.

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