Initial renderings of the new residence:
During the 2015 legislative session, SB2304 was passed with bipartisan support to build a new residence for the First families of North Dakota. The current governor’s residence has several major issues, including handicap accessibility and security. The legislation states that no construction may begin until $500,000 is raised and the cash is deposited in the Capitol Building fund account. The total amount of funding required to be raised through private contributions is $1 million dollars. The total project cost is $5 million. Delays in raising the private funds will delay the entire project and result in higher construction costs.
Ten years ago, South Dakota built a new residence for their First families for $4 million dollars – all raised by private funds. Here in North Dakota we know that all of you will want to be able to say that you helped build the new residence. Four million dollars will come from the Capitol Building Fund and can only fund projects on the capitol grounds. The remaining $1 million must come from private contributions.
The new residence will be home to generations of future First families and one that we all want to be proud of for years to come.