BRIEF: Utilities board approves first step to new building [Austin Daily Herald, Minn. :: ]
(Austin Daily Herald (MN) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) March 18--The Austin Utilities Board of Directors voted Tuesday to move forward on a potential $15-20 million central administrative facility.
Utilities staff will look into hiring an architect to design a potential building over the next few months, according to General Manager Mark Nibaur. Utilities officials will set aside $900,000 for the design phase of the project. Austin Utilities will ask an architect to create two building designs -- one with operations and customers service offices, and one with just operations -- to be built at Austin Utilities' 23-acre Energy Park property near Todd Park.
The decision doesn't mean a new building is a certainty, however. Directors vowed Tuesday to save as much money as possible on a potential new building and may decide to scrap the project if the cost is too high.
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