The city wants to consolidate its offices — which are spread out across Hartford — into a single location by the end of 2016.
Officials are looking to bring all departments into one building or adjacent buildings, and have identified three sites — 550 Main St., 525 Main St. and 1161 Main St. — as possible locations, according to documents.
Three scenarios have been proposed: Improve the city hall building currently at 550 Main St. and build an additional office building at 1161 Main; renovate the current city hall building as well as the nearby 525 Main St. building; or construct a new building at 1161 Main St. wherein all city offices would be located.
The project would be completed in October 2016, with a goal of moving employees into the new location by Jan. 1, 2017, documents show.
Currently, city operations are spread out across seven locations, including 550 Main St., 525 Main St., 250 and 260 Constitution Plaza, 960 Main St., 50 Jennings Road, 131 Coventry St. and 155 Morgan St., according to a report. (The report on this was completed some time ago it seems, because 155 Morgan St.–the Morgan Street Garage–has been sold to the state and it doesn’t factor in the new public safety complex at 253 High St.)
City officials say they want to consolidate the offices to increase communication among departments and reduce lease payments.
The city has put out a request for qualifications from firms interested in designing, developing and constructing the project. The deadline to respond is Nov. 26.
From the RFQ:
“City operations are currently decentralized at seven locations. This prevents efficiency to interdepartmental collaboration and creates unnecessary barriers for citizens attempting to contact the proper department from which they seek service. With an exception to the police and fire departments, it is the city’s desire to consolidate government operations into a single building, or adjacent locations. With several leases expiring in the near-term, it is the City’s interest to complete this project by October 2016.”
You can view the RFQ here: RFQ
Also, here’s an inventory of current city spaces/operations: Space Inventory
We’ll have more on this later today.