Montgomery paid to try to get new Statehouse

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Montgomery officials spent nearly $112,000 to try to get a new legislative building located six blocks from the Capitol in the middle of downtown.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the money was paid for a consulting contract and design renderings. The Legislative Building Authority has not decided whether to replace the Statehouse.

The chamber's senior vice president, Anna Buckalew, said it appears there's more sentiment among legislators to keep the statehouse building in the Capitol complex.

The city of Montgomery and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce each paid 40 percent of the cost, and the County Commission covered 20 percent. Dover Kohl created the artistic renderings for $21,750, and the chamber had a contract with Direct Communications for $90,000.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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