WICHITA — By the end of August, all of the federal agencies in the 271 Building at 271 W. Third St. downtown will be gone.
Have You Heard? has written about several of the departures already. What follows is a complete list.
“This was originally an IRS lease at this building, but they returned some of the space, and then we backfilled it with other agencies … which is kind of why everyone is leaving at once,” says Angela Brees, a spokeswoman for the General Services Administration.
The IRS has about 33,000 square feet of the 95,000-square-foot building.
Typically, whenever a federal agency’s lease is up, there has to be a bidding process for new space.
The IRS office and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office are moving to 555 N. Woodlawn. They’re taking about 40,000 square feet there, and there’s another 23,000 square feet available to lease.
The Railroad Retirement Board has already moved to the Cambridge Office Park south of 21st and Webb Road, and the Citizenship and Immigration Services office has already moved to Ruffin’s building at 550 W. Douglas in Delano.
All of the agencies need to be out of the 271 Building by the end of August when the lease is up.
“We’re still dealing with them on that,” says Trey Ayers, executive vice president of Guthrie, Okla.-based Dominion Properties, which owns the building.
Dominion is seeking new tenants outside of federal agencies.
“We like Wichita, and we like what it’s about,” Ayers says. “Hopefully we can help some other local folks move into the property.”