Lease allows federal proceedings to return to courthouse in Aberdeen that's now owned by city


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ABERDEEN, South Dakota — U.S. government offices might be moving back into the federal courthouse in Aberdeen that's now owned by the city.

The Aberdeen American News reports ( ) the City Council has passed an ordinance allowing a five-year lease of nearly 11,000 square feet.

The proposed agreement is with the General Services Administration, which leases all federal building space. GSA hasn't signed off on the deal yet.

The rest of the space would be available for rent.

The deal includes an option to renew the lease for a second five-year term and sets annual payments of nearly $172,000.

The council also approved a $195,000 bid for additional renovations on the building.

The city took ownership of it through eminent domain after the relationship between the GSA and the former owner deteriorated.

Information from: Aberdeen American News,

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