Lawmakers expect to begin construction of their tower later this year

The legislature is about to give the go-ahead to a new tower for that branch of government.

The project is on the current legislative complex. Legislative leaders said that construction would begin in the middle of the year.

The price is estimated to be 52 billion colons or about $100 million. The structure will be 17 floors with offices for the 57 lawmakers and their staffs. Completion is expected by the end of 2018, lawmakers said.

Rafael Ortiz Fábrega, president of the Asamblea Legislativa, said that now legislative staffers are housed in 14 different buildings in various parts of the downtown. Many are rented.

Efforts to build a new home for lawmakers has been on a rocky road.   First officials hoped to rent a large office building in Zapote. Then officials at the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio of the Ministerio de Cultura rejected plans that included demolishing some buildings on the legislative complex.

Lawmakers have been under a Ministerio de Salud order to vacate some of their buildings due to the condition.

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