Sen. Matt McCoy Pitches Alternative Plan for State Historical Building Renovations

Apr 6, 2016

State Sen. Matt McCoy from Des Moines, co-chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Capitals Appropriations Subcommittee, said last week that lawmakers don’t back Gov. Terry Branstad’s proposal to spend $65 million to demolish part of the 234,000 square foot state historical facility and renovate the rest. He’s proposed an alternative plan.

“So, essentially, what I propose is that we tackle the program with the historical building, and we appropriate about $40 million to that building which would replace the roof of the building, invest in a new HVAC system, and invest in what is called a moisture membrane around the building. And then, put the additional dollars into bringing the buildings furnishings and fixtures up to speed. In addition, I propose that we tackle the Wallace Building, which is about  $57 million redo.”

During this Talk of Iowa interview, host Charity Nebbe talks with McCoy about his new plan. Nebbe also asks about news that according to the Associated Press, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has used museum money designated for repairs for administrators salaries.