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Albuquerque purchasing Bernalillo County’s share of building

ALBUQUERQUE – Bernalillo County and the city of Albuquerque have long shared a large government building in downtown Albuquerque, but no more.

The city is about to finalize its purchase of the Albuquerque Government Center and the county has moved out to a new facility, enabling the city to consolidate departments in the building that the two governments formerly shared, city officials announced Friday.

The city is paying the county $5 million for the county’s share of the building, which the two governments had jointly owned since its construction. The city plans to spend an additional $5.5 million in renovations so the building can house additional workers, a city statement said.

The city has added exterior lights to the building’s east face that will have the ability to change colors and that a “City Hall” will be mounted above the top floor, the statement said.