The former Mining & Mineral Museum in Phoenix will transfer to the Arizona Geological Survey sometime in August. A proviso in SB1530, the Agency Consolidation bill, called for it to be retroactive to May 1, but it failed to include the emergency statute that would allow that.
We also got a 65-page preliminary Facility Assessment prepared for the Dept. of Administration describing in detail the status and requirements for opening the building.
The conclusion is that the building will needs ~$700K in priority 1 remodels and repairs (which is close to the estimates made in 2014) and perhaps another $200K is the flooring on the main floor needs to be replaced. Over 5 years, they identify a total of $2.86 million to make the building like new. (it was built in 1921).
At present, the building cannot be occupied.
However, we are able to store materials there, and we plan on moving the extensive mining files and library from our Phoenix branch there in the next 10 days. We have to vacate our current office which is commercial space sublet from AZ Dept. of Water Resources by May 30. In addition, AZGS is being transferred to the University of Arizona which has no space available in Phoenix for our operations.
Similarly, UA has little or no storage space on campus for our Tucson office. So we are looking at moving files, library materials, and cores to the museum in order to preserve them. Otherwise, they would all be disposed.
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