ROANOKE, Va — Construction on the Poff federal building in Roanoke is scheduled to begin around July 29.
On Monday, the city council and mayor got an update on the project from the General Services Administration.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator David Ehrenwerth said the $51 million project is moving forward. He defended the project against critics and called the state of the building "almost shocking".
Ehrenwerth cited the building's sagging floors, water leaks and temperature issues among other problems.
"The cost is less than half of what it would cost to replace it with a new building and in these economic times it doesn't make sense to do that," says Ehrenwerth, "The only other alternative is to do nothing and I don't believe that the front door to democracy, our federal buildings, should be run down."
The city council and mayor said the project was a win for Roanoke since it will add about 200 new jobs and boost the local economy.