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Art Pope's $90 million fix-it list for state government

State Budget director Art Pope is recommending $90 million in repair and renovation projects in state government from repairing new roofs, to putting in new elevators, to paint jobs.

The funds were part of $150 million appropriated by the legislature – with $60 million going to the University of North Carolina system and $90 million going to other state agencies across the state.

In a memo to legislative leaders, Pope said the agencies had requested $554.4 million for 545 renovation and repair projects and the budget office had pared it down to $90 million for 191 projects.

Gov. Pat McCrory had said he would put a particular emphasis on fixing broken systems, particularly projects that had been put off because of the recession.

The projects topping $1 million include $1.6 million for structural work for Parking Deck 65, $2.6 million for a lighting retrofit in several state government buildings, $1.8 million to replace the roof of the Administration Building, $1.3 million for art store renovation and a new fire suppression system at the N.C. Museum of Art, $4.7 million for new heating plant at the O'Berry Neuro Medical Center in Goldsboro, $1.1 million for ADA and security upgrades at the Walter B. Jones facility, $2.2 million for a new steam plant for the John Umstead Hospital, $1.8 million for upgraded SBI crime labs, $1.4 million for renovations to the SBI building, $2.9 million to renovate the gym at the Western School for the Deaf, $1.7 million to upgrade obsolete security systems, $3.4 million to install and replace fire alarm systems, $7.5 million for various roof repairs, and $1.7 million to renovate the Dobbs Youth Development Center kitchen.


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