Gov. Bill Ritter has placed on hold construction of a new Department of Corrections headquarters in Colorado Springs, citing the state's budget shortfall.
The new building was to be built near the existing 65,000-square-foot Corrections Department headquarters, making the agency a principal tenant of the proposed Vineyard Commerce Park office complex.
Mortenson Development Inc. of Minneapolis is developing the complex on Janitell Road; company spokesman Mark Alexander did not immediately return an after-hours call seeking comment Thursday.
The state's 30-year, lease-to-own deal on the new 100,000-square-foot building would have been worth about $90 million.
However, Ritter spokesman Evan Dreyer said Thursday that the new headquarters has been "indefinitely halted."