Column: Why I’m opposing the new Senate office building

Publication: Edina Sun Current

By Melisa Franzen

Guest Columnist

Early this week, the Senate Rules Committee approved plans for a new Senate office building that will accommodate all 67 senators. The building will also provide large hearing rooms accessible to all members of the public. With its passage in committee, the proposal will now go before the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning (CAAP) Board for approval.

As a member of the CAAP Board, I intend to vote against the new Senate office building as it is now proposed when it comes before the board for final approval. The CAAP Board’s mission in part is to: “Preserve and enhance the dignity, beauty and architectural integrity of the Capitol, the buildings immediately adjacent to it, the capitol grounds, and the capitol area.”