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Gov. Shumlin Lays Waterbury Office Foundation

It's the first step of constructing the 86,000 square foot building, scheduled to be completed by December 2015.

WATERBURY, Vt. - For ten months, Waterbury residents have heard the clattering of the old state office complex coming down.

But Tuesday was filled with the sound of congratulations as the foundation was laid for the soon to be built 86,000 square foot office building.

“Today is an incredibly great day for us,” Waterbury State Rep. Rebecca Ellis said.

It was hard for many to imagine this day after Irene displaced more than 1500 state employees from the office in 2011.

“It's with incredible pride that we all stand here collectively after Irene tried to take us out to launch the single biggest single capital construction project in the history of the state of Vermont,” Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said.

The total cost comes in at $125 million. Many worry that could go up as renovation continues on the historic core but project manager Mike Stevens says everything is going according to plan right now.

“We are 100 percent on budget and the schedule has not changed,” Stevens said.

It should be complete in December of 2015 and shortly thereafter more than 1200 employees will be working at the complex, pouring life back into Waterbury

“There's not as much going on versus when the complex was here,” Christy Caforia said.

“The businesses in Waterbury thrived and not as much now.”

“What it means is jobs,” Gov. Shumlin said.

“It means stability for Waterbury’s downtown, it means next time we get a 500 year flood we won't get flooded.”

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