Two state agencies sign at Garvey Center

UPDATED — The state has completed two more leases for agencies that will be leaving the Finney State Office Building.

The Kansas Department of Health & Environment and the Kansas Human Rights Commission will be moving to the Garvey Center.

“We were just really impressed with the spaces we visited,” says Todd Fertig, a spokesman for the Department of Administration. “They fit a lot better with what these specific agencies needed.”

In June, Have You Heard? reported that nine state agencies, including more than 700 employees, will leave the Finney building when the state’s lease expires on Sept. 30.

KDHE will take the entire seventh floor of the R.H. Garvey Building at 300 W. Douglas. That’s 10,566 square feet.

The Human Rights Commission is taking 1,800 square feet on the second floor.

Fertig says the commission is a smaller agency with a limited budget.

“The Garvey Center was able to really work with them to … kind of retrofit the space so it was really what they needed at a very affordable rate.”

Larry Weber, who handled the deal for Builders Inc., says he’s “excited to have them here and remaining in downtown.”

Both spaces are areas that Harrington Health has been in or been using for storage, Weber says.

All but a couple of the agencies that either are in or have been in the Finney building have made or are close to making deals for new space.

The largest of those agencies and the one to spur the move, the Department for Children and Families, is close to finalizing a deal at 2601 S. Oliver where the U.S. Postal Service has had a remote encoding center.

Tect Aerospace signs lease at Garvey Center

UPDATED — TECT Aerospace has signed a new lease for 5,600 square feet at the R.H. Garvey Building at 300 W. Douglas.

The firm will take about half of the first floor.

This brings the building’s occupancy, along with the occupancy at the O.W. Garvey Building at 200 W. Douglas, to 100 percent for now.

“That’s a neat feeling to have,” says Larry Weber of Builders Inc., which owns the buildings. “I can’t tell you the last time that that had happened.”

Marty Gilchrist and Grant Tidemann of J.P. Weigand & Sons represented TECT in the deal.

TECT currently has its headquarters at 2872 N. Ridge Road.

A couple of its new neighbors at the Garvey Center will be leaving or downsizing in the next couple of weeks.

Attorney Mark Kahrs is vacating 2,500 square feet on the first floor of the O.W. Garvey Building.

Harrington Health, which has two and a half floors in the R.H. Garvey Building is giving back half a floor.

“They’re consolidating their spaces,” Weber says.

Still, he says he’s pleased with what’s happening at the Garvey buildings and in downtown in general.

“There is a lot happening in downtown right now,” Weber says.

“Downtown is alive and well.”