published Friday, July 12th, 2013

Six submit bids to house nearly 400 state employees in Chattanooga

The state of Tennessee's Chattanooga State Office Building is at 400 McCallie Ave. in downtown Chattanooga, Tenn.
The state of Tennessee's Chattanooga State Office Building is at 400 McCallie Ave. in downtown Chattanooga, Tenn.
Photo by Alyson Wright.

NASHVILLE — State officials are evaluating six sealed bids on leased office space submitted last week for housing nearly 400 state employees moving out of the State Office Building and James R. Mapp Building in Chattanooga.

The state is vacating the buildings, relying on recommendations by Jones Lang LaSalle, a real estate firm hired by General Services, which says they are too costly to operate and also calls the State Office Building itself “functionally obsolete.”

Bidders include Tallan Holdings Co., Henry G. Luken III, Osborne Building Corp., TallanBeltline@ Howell Mill LLC, Pointe Property Group Inc. and East Nooga LLC.

Employees in agencies ranging from the departments of human services to revenue would relocate to the leased space in March 2014.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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