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Timeline: Legislature's quest for expanded Anchorage offices

on Friday, December 20, 2013. 131220
Bob Hallinen
Mike Hawker.Anchorage Alaska State House Representative Mike Hawker, Mark Pfeffer, President of Pfeffer Development, and Chris Schutte, Executive Director of the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, talk about the renovation of the Alaska Legislative Office building on 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Thursday, October 3, 2013. 131003
Bob Hallinen
Mark Pfeffer.Anchorage Alaska State House Representative Mike Hawker, Mark Pfeffer, President of Pfeffer Development, and Chris Schutte, Executive Director of the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, talk about the renovation of the Alaska Legislative Office building on 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Thursday, October 3, 2013. 131003
Bob Hallinen

The Legislature has been struggling with office space in Anchorage for more than a decade. How we got here:

June 1, 1993: Anchorage legislative offices move from Midtown to 716 W. Fourth Ave.

April 2002: Legislative Affairs Agency issues request for proposals for 20,000 to 25,000 square feet of office space. Boundaries cover downtown and stretch as far east as Boniface Parkway and south to O'Malley Road. Five responses, including for a Mark Marlow building at 323 E. Fourth Ave. and one at 2525 Gambell St. in Midtown. Owner Bob Acree proposes keeping legislative office at 716 W. Fourth Ave.

July 2003: LAA issues new request for proposals for 24,000 square feet of office space, same boundaries. Two responses, from Acree and Marlow, for same buildings as before.

April 6, 2004: Legislators and Acree sign new five-year lease with five one-year extensions for 716 W. Fourth Ave.

Feb. 2006: Legislative Affairs issues request for information for 24,000 square feet and 98 parking spots. No geographic boundary. Three responses.

March 2007: Legislative Affairs issues request for information for 35,000 square feet of office space and 100 parking spots. No geographic boundaries. Five responses.

February 2008: Legislative Council agrees to pursue project with Alaska Court System to build joint complex on Fourth Avenue downtown.

April 2008: Project with court system falls apart as too expensive.

May 2009: Legislative Affairs issues request for information for 40,000 to 50,000 square feet and 140 spots. No geographic boundaries. Fourteen responses.

Fall 2009: Legislative Council pursues state-owned parking lot at Ninth Avenue and E Street but Parnell administration wants to see bigger building there.

April 2010: Legislative Council bids to buy old Unocal building at 909 W. Ninth Ave. Bid rejected.

April 2011: Anchorage Community Development Authority proposes project at Seventh Avenue and F Street.

May 2011: ACDA board withdraws its proposal

June 2011: LAA issues request for information for 30,000 to 45,000 square feet of space and 120-160 parking spots in area that starts downtown and stretches east to Gambell Street and south to Tudor Road. Receives 22 offers within that area. Legislative Council subcommittee narrows group to five, then to one: the Unocal building.

November 2011: Legislative Council bids again to buy old Unocal building. NANA Regional Corp. beats legislators to it.

May 2013: Legislative Affairs issues request for information for 30,000 to 45,000 square feet of office space in Anchorage. No geographic boundaries listed and number of parking spaces not specified. Two responses.

June 7, 2013: Legislative Council agrees to pursue deal with Mark Pfeffer to revamp its existing building at 716 W. Fourth Ave.

Sept. 19, 2013: Rep. Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage and the Legislative Council chairman, signs 10-year lease extension for Fourth Avenue building.

-- Source Legislative Affairs Agency, Daily News stories, various state RFPs and RFIs