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Goodlatte says renovation of Roanoke's Poff Building should be halted

June 21, 2010
  • Roanoke's Poff Federal Building
Roanoke's Poff Federal Building

6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte says the 51- million dollar renovation of the Poff Federal Building is a waste of taxpayers' money.  He is calling on the General Services Administration to halt the project.

In a news release Monday morning, Goodlatte said he was particularly concerned about the impact of the renovation on the tenants of the building, who will have to leave the building during the renovation. Goodlatte says the Department of Veterans Affairs regional office announced last week that it was looking for additional office space and does not expect to return to the Poff Building once the renovations are complete. "How can the General Services Administration spend nearly 51 million dollars of the taxpayers' money to renovate the Poff Federal Building and yet not address the needs of the building's tenants," Goodlatte asked in the news release.

Goodlatte says the GSA should immediately stop the project and investigate whether it would be more cost-effective to replace the existing structure with a new energy efficient building.

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The GSA disagrees.

The General Services Adminstration says renovations will be significantly cheaper than constructing a new building.

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