By Bryan Renbaum
April 19, 2021
In an attempt to help revitalize Baltimore’s downtown central business district the state plans to relocate more than 3,000 of its employees to offices in that area of the city, Gov. Larry Hogan said April 19.
In all the proposal will affect 3,300 state employees from a dozen agencies. More than 15,000 state employees already work in the downtown central business district. The proposal would be funded with $50 million in funds that came into the state’s supplemental budget through the federal government.
“We are very pleased to begin that process today with the issuance of an RFP (Request for Proposal) for the relocation of the Maryland Department of Human Services headquarters to the downtown central business district,” Hogan said at a news conference that was held at McKeldin Plaza in downtown Baltimore. “Moving the department and it’s more than 700 employees into 105,000 square feet of office space in downtown is an important first step in the recovery of the central business district.”
Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) President and CEO Donald Fry praised Hogan’s decision to move state employees to downtown Baltimore in a statement on April 19.
“The Governor’s decision to relocate a large number of state employees to Baltimore’s central business district will have a significant economic impact on the many businesses downtown that rely on office workers to stay profitable. It also underscores that the downtown area remains highly attractive as a location to base major office operations and may help attract other tenants. The relocation of state offices to the downtown business district will also help to restore a vibrant and active downtown neighborhood.”
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Source: Maryland Reporter
- Statement of Donald C. Fry, President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee, on Hogan Decision to Relocate State Employees to Downtown Baltimore
- Baltimore Sun: Gov. Hogan: State moving thousands of workers to downtown Baltimore office spaces
- BBJ: Maryland issues first RFP to move state offices downtown