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.