Dept. of Health Seeks 1M SF For-Rent Space in an Office Park

by Adriana Pop, Associate Editor The state Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) plans to consolidate its 60 offices in Wake County into a 1 million-square-foot office campus in the Triangle region. According to the Triangle Business Journal, 10 real estate developer groups have responded to the request for proposals issued by the N.C. Department of [...]

by Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

The state Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) plans to consolidate its 60 offices in Wake County into a 1 million-square-foot office campus in the Triangle region.

According to the Triangle Business Journal, 10 real estate developer groups have responded to the request for proposals issued by the N.C. Department of Administration, which is managing the project on behalf of DHHS.

DHHS is seeking a 20-year lease agreement with five-year extension options for existing or build-to-suit facilities in the greater Raleigh area. The company favors sites in proximity to the Dorothea Dix campus, where it employs about 1,300 workers. The relocation will reduce operational costs and pave the way to the reconversion of the former Dorothea Dix psychiatric hospital into a public park.

The company’s Wake County offices currently hold 4,300 employees. DHHS plans to move 2,557 employees into the new building by 2014, while 589 employees would transition by 2017 and another 558 by 2020. Other groupings would relocate between 2015 and 2018, the newspaper reports.

In other news, the Town of Cary has issued a request for proposal from developers interested in a nearly $3 million demolition and construction project for the aging movie theater building on East Chatham Street. General contractors have until Aug. 28 to submit proposals.

Ed Gawf, Cary’s downtown development manager, told the Triangle Business Journal that the nearly 16,000-square-foot project will include the complete renovation of the 181-seat venue at 122 East Chatham St. The town acquired the 7,000 square foot property in July 2011 for $410,000. Furthermore, plans call for the development of a three-story building on the east side of the theater building that will be used for offices, dressing rooms and support space.

The project will be designed by Quinn Evans Architects Inc. of Washington, D.C. Construction is expected to begin in October or November, with completion scheduled for the summer of 2013.

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