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Committee members met Monday night to chose one of the two renovation design proposals to move forward with the Orange County Government Center. YNN's Jessica Chen reports.
GOSHEN, N.Y. -- A decision was made by county officials on the Orange County Government Center on Monday.
In a vote of 5 to 2, members in the Physical Services Committee chose to move forward with the $67 million renovation project to replace the closed government center.
"Its been discussed for 25 years with four County Executives and many legislatures, it had to happen now," said County Executive Ed Diana.
Benton said the design was picked over the the cheaper proposal: a $63 million design.
"This is the first step of the process that needed to be fulfilled today," said Leigh Benton, Chairman of the Physical Services Committee.
Despite costing almost $4 million more, and 2,600 square foot bigger, committee members said the more expensive option offered more flexibility.
"To pick the best compromise which is best suited for the government needs, for where the people are going to be in the future, as well as the financial aspect," said Benton.
The chosen proposal would renovate two sections of the building, while tearing down a third to make way for a new structure.
"The full fledge plan would take a couple of years to do, they said a 18 month period for construction," said Orange County Executive Elect Steve Neuhaus.
It's still unclear which departments would be in the renovated Government Center, but officials said, deciding on a compromise is a step in the right direction.
"Santa Claus showed up today," said Orange County Legislative Chairman Michael Pillmeier. "We got a positive vote on this building and on Thursday, I know its going to pass again."
The proposed design will now go to the legislature for a full vote on Thursday. Eleven votes are needed in order to move forward with the $67 million project.