I cannot say that they are incorrect.

LSJ editorial

November 15, 2010 
The state and Michigan State University should split costs to prepare the site of the former Michigan State Police headquarters for another use.

That’s the best solution to end the seven-decade relationship in which the university leased property on the west side campus of to MSP for $1 per year. The state covered maintenance costs and made modifications.
But the state approved a new headquarters for the State Police in downtown Lansing. They have now moved in to the $52 million office building, leaving the outdated facilities on campus behind.
If the university chooses to demolish the buildings, it should pay for those costs, estimated at $1.9 million. Since demolition or significant renovation would likely involve asbestos abatement, it seems logical that MSU should foot the estimated $1.5 million in asbestos-related costs as well.

I would disagree with the charge that the old facilities were “outdated” as the old location was equipped for various bits of crimefighting and logistical equipment that the new office building never could be. The reason for that is that the new building is an office building, and not a full headquarters complex. The old one had a helipad for instance.

Aside from that we are saddling the University with the cost of renovation, repair, and/or demolition when we could have merely fixed the old building, which would arguable have been less expensive. I find it ironic that we parsing costs and responsibility among the state government and public university lines, as the public university is something that is paid for in part by state taxes.

costs of removing an incinerator used for evidence destruction and removing underground storage tanks and fuel stations used by MSP should fall to the state.
The state’s share of costs, based on estimates in a report MSU submitted last month, should fall below $1 million.
That’s a reasonable expense for the value the state gained by its long relationship with the university.

Either way we are paying for it, although I imagine some sort of fiscal assault on tuition and the alumni association(s) will occur because of this. As it is this cost, in the final assessment, should be added to the big tally of rental, construction, and purchase of the giant near-useless office building downtown.

why the state and MSU didn’t discuss and agree upon these costs a long time ago?
A committee of lawmakers approved construction of the new MSP building in 2007. If university officials believe the state should help cover some of these costs, they could have done an environmental study well before fall 2010.
Rep. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, was a leading critic of the MSP move, criticizing both the downtown Lansing location and cost of the project, which was originally approved as a long-term lease. After loud public outcry, the state opted to purchase the building outright. Even that decision vexed many taxpayers.
But by leaving details such as these final costs to linger, MSU and the state have given another opportunity for Jones to focus voters’ ire on the whole affair.
There might have been better sites or cheaper options for locating an MSP headquarters. The entire story of the new MSP headquarters is filled with “shoulda, woulda, coulda.”

All of this should have been calculated and placed on the table in public a long tiem ago and the only reason it was not is likely because such increased revelations would have been damaging politically… or a lot of these politicians are incompetent.

The university and state officials should quickly resolve this issue and move on.

To heck with that, some Democrats and University trustees ought to be punished. Too bad those options are not politically viable.