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Sun Jun 16, 2019, 06:29 PM

New use sought for Arizona Capitol space after library moves

PHOENIX (AP) State officials and architects are pondering the future of newly vacated space in the Arizona Capitol complex.

Ideas for the state library's former home on the third floor of an annex sitting between the 118-year-old copper-domed Capitol and the nine-story Executive Tower include adding a reception venue for dignitaries and a neutral meeting ground for legislative leaders and executive branch officials, the Arizona Capitol Times reports .

Such facilities are common among states with grand marble edifices, but Arizona's setup of separate and crowded House and Senate buildings leaves little extra space for joint activities. When legislative leaders want to meet with the governor, they usually got to the governor's office.

A senior legislative staff official said representatives from the National Conference of State Legislatures and other organizations frequently comment on the Arizona Capitol's austerity.

Read more: https://tucson.com/news/state-and-regional/new-use-sought-for-arizona-capitol-space-after-library-moves/article_e9b81695-1352-5ff3-8378-fe2192359112.html

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