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Associated Press, Published July 22 2013

State leaders face call on Minn. Capitol repairs

ST. PAUL — The top brass at Minnesota's Capitol is meeting to decide if a large-scale renovation of the building will occur as planners have suggested.

The Capitol Preservation Commission was being asked Monday to sign off on the first phase of a $270 million project that will go on for years. The commission is led by Gov. Mark Dayton and includes stakeholders from the Legislature, the courts and other entities.

When architects presented their plans two weeks ago, some commission members raised concerns, such as the temporary parking lots that will replace Capitol green space. There has also been debate over space allocation once the work is finished.

Dayton says it's important that lawmakers step back and consider how they want the Capitol to look and function for the next 100 years.