Fate of Orange County Government Center discussed

The debate continues on whether to repair or build a new Orange County Government Center.The current building was badly damaged by Hurricane Irene and Tropical

GOSHEN - The debate continues on whether to repair or build a new Orange County Government Center.

The current building was badly damaged by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Yesterday, consultants laid out a few different options for repairing the building at a legislative meeting. They say it will cost more than $13 million to repair it so workers could move back in for a few years. A more long-term fix that would try to prevent future flooding would be about $40 million.

Estimates for a new center that consolidates all the county offices into one building are estimated to cost more than $130 million.

The county has leased office space in Goshen where most departments have been moved while the future of the government center is debated.

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