As the Civil Tax Enforcement office prepares to depart the Finney State Office Building downtown, another state facility is expanding to accommodate it.
“It just caused us to re-evaluate how we were handling everything,” Jeannine Koranda, a state spokeswoman, says of the tax office moving.
The Twin Lakes Driver Licensing Office at 21st and Amidon is expanding from 5,400 square feet to 14,805 square feet, in part to make room for the tax office. The office will move its lower-level space at the center to the east of where Comcare of Sedgwick County has an office.
“It is becoming a multipurpose space,” Koranda says. “It’s actually combining a couple of offices.”
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The licensing office will move and expand by 1,204 square feet, which Koranda says “will help with some of the crowding in the waiting area.”
The tax office, which currently is in 4,787 square feet in the Finney building, will expand by 1,544 square feet.
The state is adding a couple of other offices at the building.
“We’re adding to the services there,” Koranda says.
There is going to be a new Driver Solutions Services office to help people immediately resolve issues for licenses that are suspended or are otherwise invalid.
“This is a new feature,” Koranda says.
Currently, if drivers go to renew their licenses and learn there are problems, they have to leave the office and call the state Department of Revenue in Topeka to resolve the issue.
“This way they will be able to do things right there,” Koranda says of the new system. “It should cut down on the number of trips people are making.”
She adds that “hopefully that will reduce frustration for some people.”
There’s also going to be a new Department of Revenue training center at the Twin Lakes office. It will be in 1,870 square feet.
Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Troy Farha of NAI Martens handled the deal for the the expanded space.
The state opened the license office at Twin Lakes in 1999.
“That is one of the busiest offices in the state,” Koranda says.
Look for the new offices to open by early December.