The “White Ice Cube,” as the old archives building has been called, was built in 1965 on Capitol Avenue. About three decades after it opened, engineers determined that it was sinking due to groundwater and nearby interstate construction. Estimates to repair and refurbish the archives hit $40 million.
Instead of spending the money, a new archives facility was built near Clayton State University, and the old archives building has been used as a movie set on and off for years.
Governors have sought to tear down it down since the move. But lawmakers have been skeptical about spending money on the project.
This year they approved a state budget that included Deal’s proposal to borrow $6.5 million for design and site preparation for the new judicial complex.