Two state agencies sign at Garvey Center
06/25/2014 5:53 PM
06/25/2014 5:53 PM
WICHITA — The state has completed two more leases for agencies that will be leaving the Finney State Office Building.
The Kansas Department of Health & Environment and the Kansas Human Rights Commission will be moving to the Garvey Center.
In June, Have You Heard? reported that nine state agencies, including more than 700 employees, will leave the Finney building when the state's lease expires on Sept. 30.
KDHE will take the entire seventh floor of the R.H. Garvey Building at 300 W. Douglas. That's 10,566 square feet.
The Human Rights Commission is taking 1,800 square feet on the second floor.
Larry Weber, who handled the deal for Builders Inc., says he's "excited to have them here and remaining in downtown."
Both spaces are areas that Harrington Health has been in or been using for storage, Weber says.
All but a couple of the agencies that either are in or have been in the Finney building have made or are close to making deals for new space.
The largest of those agencies and the one to spur the move, the Department for Children and Families, is close to finalizing a deal at 2601 S. Oliver where the U.S. Postal Service has had a remote encoding center.
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