Thousands Of State Workers Will Relocate In Next Two Years

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As many as 3,300 state employees in nearly 20 locations will be moved over the next two years into two office buildings in Hartford the state will buy, the governor announced today.

The state will purchase Connecticut River Plaza on Columbus Boulevard downtown and 55 Farmington Ave. in Asylum Hill for $52 million, part of a plan to get out of expensive leases and avoid costly repairs to aging state-owned buildings.

The consolidation primarily targets leased space, mostly in Hartford.

But Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said priority will be given to closing down the state-owned office building at 25 Sigourney St. in Hartford. The 20-story building now houses 1,400 workers, mostly in the departments of revenue services and social services. The block of employees would be the largest to be relocated.

The state has poured millions into repairs in the Sigourney Street building over the years trying to fix water leaks and mold problems, with mixed success. A portion of  the building’s garage was shutdown last year, amid safety fears.

Malloy said renovations to the twin-towered Connecticut River Plaza and 55 Farmngton Ave. will take place before workers are moved into the space, beginning with 55 Farmington Ave.

The State Bond Commission will meet March 13 to vote on the financing for the purchases, plus a portion of the estimated $67.5 million in costs to reconfigure for offices, buy furniture and move workers.

The state expects to save $200 million, adjusted for inflation, over the next 20 years. The savings is roughly $100 million in today’s dollars.




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14 thoughts on “Thousands Of State Workers Will Relocate In Next Two Years

  1. Robert

    While this is great news for DOWNTOWN Hartford, this isn’t really a solution to the office vacancy rate that each of these articles have suggested. The inflated rents and high taxes are what has been causing companies to flee downtown. All that’s really happening is the vacancies are being shifted from one part of the city to another so a downtown specific statistic is just another skewed one. Hopefully this will help create some retail life downtown down the road..

  2. Vincent

    This is not great news for Hartford even with current downtown vacancy rate. At present both buildings are privately owned and as such are subject to and pay property tax to the city of Hartford. As State owned properties they will be exempt from paying property tax, a net loss to Hartford. The State expects to save $200 million over the next 20 years, but what is the tax loss to Hartford over the same time period?

    1. mc

      Please. Those buildings are empty and the way Hartford is going, I doubt they would fill up very fast. Who do you suppose would move into those buildings? Google? Microsoft? They can’t even get an insurance company to come to town.

  3. susan

    This article sounds just like the news announcing the purchase of 25 Sigourney in the early 90’s which heralded the “wonderful” purchase that would save the state money. I worked there for 13 years. Looked beautiful but the health issues were horrible due to the mold. They claimed it was remediated but that was a crock. The state knew about the problems Xerox had with the building and still bought it. Hope they are smarter with this purchase.

  4. Sharpshooter

    The state has poured millions into repairs in the Sigourney Street building over the years trying to fix water leaks and mold problems, with mixed success. A portion of the building’s garage was shutdown last year, amid safety fears.

    How did the state ever get involved in a lease like this…the taxpayer takes it in the end due to poor negotiations skills or outright corruption by overpaid bureaucratic bufoons

  5. Rob

    So the state bought an office tower on Washington St a few years back and then tore it down. The state bought Sigourney St, a terrible building I know as I once worked in it, and now what will they do with it? Tear it down as well? So there is still either demolition or repair costs to taht building.

    The downtown office vacancy rate will go down, which is great for downtown and for downtown businesses, but as another reader suggested lets not forget the negative impact to other parts of the city and to Hartford’s tax base.

  6. Charlie

    Why is everyone so negative and cant recognize the value of keeping workers in the Capitol City and all the apartments and several businesses that have moved in and continue to move in. We need these negative folks to just move as far away as possible where they will continue to be miserable.

  7. LastOne1

    Charlie, what makes me miserable is the fact that more of my tax dollars go into supporting initiatives for Hartford than they do for my hometown. I’d love to take my negative opinions AND my tax dollar as far away from Hartford as possible.

  8. mike

    I am happy to see this deal finally done.
    3100 state workers coming downtown although almost half were seemingly already on Sigourney.

    Add in the Uconn Move and the verious apartment projects about to get started, and Hartford will be in a pretty good place. The lost tax revenues will be a bit of an issue. 2 million per year… I do hope though thaat the tax base will start to grow as more buuldings are sold and converted to hight value housing (part of Pearl street was earlier this year)

  9. ricbldwn

    “The state expects to save $200 million,adjusted for inflation, over the next 20 years.” HAHHAHAHA,what a joke.
    I’ll predict that Corrupticut employees will never move in until Guvna Malloy is long gone-if ever.

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