Feds Seek Downtown Office Space for IRS Consolidation

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Federal site-seekers are looking for office space downtown to

house about 725 IRS workers in Jacksonville.

The General Services Administration in Atlanta wants about

116,200 square feet of space in the core Northbank area for an

up to 20-year lease to start Dec. 1, 1999, an agency request

shows.

GSA spokeswoman Mildred Quinley in Atlanta said the IRS intends

to consolidate its customer service center at the site. Those

customer service workers now occupy space at the Charles Bennett

Federal Building downtown and at the Koger Center along Beach

Boulevard, she said.

In all, the Internal Revenue Service has more than 1,400

employees in Jacksonville, Quinley said.

At this point, the agency occupies 118,306 square feet in the

federal building, 25,000 square feet of leased space in the

Koger Center and 38,000 square feet leased along Southpoint

Boulevard, she said.

The customer-service consolidation will combine the 224

employees at the Koger Center operation and 500 employees from

the federal building, according to Quinley.

The remaining 487 IRS employees at the federal building and the

242 employees in Southpoint operation will not be moved as part

of the consolidation, she said.

GSA officials wanted property representatives to respond to

requests for information by July 16. "We have adequate

response," said GSA spokeswoman Betty McBrayer in Atlanta. She

declined to say how many sites were offered.

The consolidation will free at least 40,000 square feet of

space in the federal building for use by the U.S. Army Corps of

Engineers, which occupies a large part of the structure, said

Quinley and McBrayer. …

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