Anchorage legislative offices will soon have a new home in Midtown. The 14-member Alaska Legislative Council sealed the deal on the Wells Fargo building on the corner of Minnesota Drive and Benson Boulevard on Sept. 15, according to an aide for Sen. Gary Stevens, chair of the council.

Stevens was out of town and unavailable for an interview Tuesday, but his aide said the purchase came at a reduced price. The Legislature allotted $12.5 million in its annual budget for the purchase; the final price tag was $11.8 million.

Legislative staff packed boxes for the move Tuesday afternoon as lawmakers and staff must be out of the Fourth Avenue Legislative Information Office (LIO) by Oct. 1.

Stevens’ aide said all furniture must be removed from the building by Oct. 16 and that most will go into storage until appropriate renovations can be made to the Wells Fargo building. A renovation plan will be taken up next week, Stevens’ aide said, who could not provide an estimated cost Tuesday.

“We continue to provide the facility and services that we were contracted to provide and will continue to accommodate the legislature under those terms until they have clearly abandoned their obligations,” wrote Amy Slinker, representative for 716 W. 4th Ave. LLC, the company which owns the downtown property, in an email Tuesday.

In April, lawmakers offered to buy the downtown LIO building for $32.5 million after a judge declared its current $4 million a year lease invalid. Gov. Bill Walker blocked the purchase by vowing to veto that money from the budget.

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