State plans new $46.7 million preservation site

The state plans to build a new $46.7 million archive preservation facility for the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in downtown Madison.

The Wisconsin State Journal said in a story published Thursday that the state Building Commission on Wednesday approved demolishing the Central Services Facility and replacing it with a new 189,000-square-foot facility.

The building is about 100 years old and is used for mail handling and printing services.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said the state has been working closely with the city on the conceptual design of the building.

The state has been trying to find a new location for its archives for several years because current storage spaces are too small and lack needed infrastructure and support services.