DCF’s ‘good move’ not so good for downtown

finneybldgMany are still shaking their heads over the Kansas Department for Children and Families’ decision, expected for a year and finally confirmed last week, to exit the Finney State Office Building and move to 2601 S. Oliver in 2015. That will mean 550 fewer workers in a downtown that needs more. DCF will no longer be centrally located and accessible via multiple bus routes. The state will be paying $13 a square foot at the facility the U.S. Postal Service is vacating, instead of the $6 the city offered the Brownback administration to try to keep state agencies and their more than 700 employees in the Finney building. Yes, the place badly needs work, but the city had offered to do a $6 million renovation as well. Yet a DCF spokeswoman characterized this as an “all-around good move.”