What is the threat to the GAB?


  • The Commonwealth is pursuing the demolition of the GAB in order to construct a new building.
  • Additionally, a parking garage is planned for the open lot that resulted from the demolition of the Murphy Hotel in 2007.
  • In early April 2016, Gov. Terry McAuliffe and General Assembly budget leaders reached an agreement that would allow $2.1 billion in pending capital projects to proceed, along with a long-standing plan to transform the seat of government around Capitol Square (among other items unrelated to the square itself). The deal ended an impasse over the $300 million plan to replace the GAB, build a parking deck for the new facility (on the site of the former Murphy Hotel at 9th and Broad Streets), and renovate Old City Hall.