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Legislators Moving into Temporary Quarters As General Assembly Building is Demolished.

Richmond City Council earlier this week heard a report on the state’s 400 million dollars worth of construction projects downtown, including a new General Assembly Building. The move has already begun.

The new General Assembly building will be about more technology, more transparency and more space.

Senate Clerk Susan Schaar said, “this session we were averaging 5,000 visitors a day.”

Legislators lived with it for 40 years, but demolition begins in August. And the problem is, the new building is still on the drawing board and four years away.

“We are still working on that, we haven’t reached final plans,” Said Schaar.

Meanwhile, the entire legislature all their staff and all their baggage has to find a temporary home in the Pocahontas building. And they will have time to plan and build a new office building on the same footprint as the old, complete with the historic façade facing the capitol.