Report on state offices to be unveiled in Friday meeting

A long-awaited report by the architectural firm Freeman French Freeman will lay out three options for how the state could replace the Waterbury state office complex that was flooded during Tropical Storm Irene.

The Shumlin administration plans to unveil the Freeman French Freeman report this Friday during a meeting that will include Waterbury officials on the fourth floor of the Pavilion Building in Montpelier. The meeting starts at 10 a.m.

The report will answer one of the big outstanding questions, said Gov. Peter Shumlin, which is: “What do each of the three options cost.”

But not all questions will be answered Friday when the report comes out, Shumlin said, though many Waterbury residents are eager to have the state workers return to their town.

“The second question, which we won’t get the answers to Friday, is exactly what are we going to get reimbursed from the insurance company and what will FEMA do for the various scenarios,” Shumlin said. “And frankly FEMA can’t really answer the question until they know what scenario looks most likely, so we’re not going to have all the answers on Friday no matter what happens. We will have initial cost estimates for the three options, which will be very helpful.”

Shumlin supports having a consolidated Agency of Human Services return to Waterbury but has been unwilling to commit to that until he sees the architects’ report.