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"MCKIM: That's Steven Banks, head of the New York City Department of Social Services. The city will be paying $155 million a year to fund the program at its buildout, a cost he says is well worth the price to reduce homelessness."

What does 'at its buildout' mean here? The dictionary says a build-out is a state of an area having reached its maximum capacity in growth, which doesn't seem to fit.

source: In New York, Free Legal Help Arrives For Low-Income Tenants In Housing Court
  • PaulQ

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    English - England
    Build-out/buildout is chiefly AE:
    From MW: Definition of BUILD-OUT:
    work done to make a structure or system ready for use or to bring a construction or development project to a completed state
    When the build-out of the campus is complete, as many as 7,500 students will attend class there.— Janis L. Magin

    Note the use of the adverb "out" as a suffix to indicate some form of completion.
    Compare "He worked out the problem"; "He ran out of fuel."


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    English - U.S.
    When the program is fully operational and has all of its offices running and staff hired it will cost $155 million annually.

    It's not a construction project directly but figuratively. They are going to have to spend some time putting all of the components together. It won't all be ready in one day.
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