Official Proposes Selling 6 State Buildings

General Services Commissioner Steve Cates is recommending Gov. Bill Haslam sell six building across the state including the State Building and James R. Mapp Building in Chattanooga, claiming the buildings are “functionally obsolete” and should be sold given the costs for renovation and operations. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the estimated cost of fixing the State Building is $8.49 million and $3.5 million to renovate the structural problems to the Mapp Building. Haslam said he has not made a decision yet and will have to weight the cost-savings against the “impact on the community” on all six structures.