Organizers are considering a second fundraising campaign to cover landscaping costs at the new governor’s residence in Bismarck, North Dakota, according to an on The Bismarck Tribune.
According to the Friends of the North Dakota Governor's Residence , in 2015, a bill was passed with bipartisan support to build a new residence for the first families of North Dakota since the current governor’s residence had several major issues, including handicap accessibility and security.
Gov. Doug Burgum and his wife moved into the new mansion in March.
The budget for the construction of the new residence was not to exceed $5 million, with $4 million coming from the Capitol Building Trust Fund and $1 million in private donations. The FNDGR raised $887,000, and at that point, was enough to begin demolition of the old residence and construction of the new one.
Andrea Nelson, treasurer of the FNDGR, says the organization hopes to have information on the costs and time frame for adding landscaping to the residence in the next six months. They have already received three landscaping conceptual drawings for the residence, based on the original capital grounds master landscaping plan from 1920.
The FNDR also would like to raise funds to move the perimeter fence around the residence. The former residence had a big backyard for entertaining, with about 25,000 square feet of outdoor space. Moving the fence would create more space for the current first family in the new home, which has only 1,800 square feet of outdoor space.
Rep. Pamela Anderson, who co-chaired the original fundraising efforts, states that she is optimistic of the possibility of raising more dollars for landscaping. Anderson says a lot of students visit the capital grounds and having an outdoor space could be a great place for them to dine.
To cover the costs of landscaping, the FNDGR will likely need legislative approval if it exceeds the $113,000 remaining on the appropriation.