Six submit bids to house nearly 400 state employees in Chattanooga

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

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.

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