Edmond buys building for information technology department

Edmond City Council members voted to spend $865,000 plus closing costs for a building at 1273 N Broadway to house information technology employees. Construction on the unfinished building is expected to last nine to 12 weeks.
by Diana Baldwin Published: December 12, 2012

“As we consider office space needs for the department, we are interested in finding a more permanent solution for their operations,” Commons said. “Because of special electrical and network connectivity needed for this office group, we were hoping to avoid the expense of moving this operation twice.”

In related action, at least 50 employees in the utility customer service and finance department, which includes purchasing, payroll, treasury, accounting staff and human resources, will be moved from the administration building at 100 E First St. to rented downtown space.

Council members also voted to spend nearly $20,000 a month to rent work space for those employees.

The first monthly lease payment with Spearman Investments for offices at 7 N Broadway will include $360,000 for tenant improvements. The lease is for five years, ending in December 2017.

The lease property, called the Hargrove Building, will provide 13,000 square feet of office space that has readily accessible public parking, storefront-type visibility and convenient access for utility customer service and a convenient location to the city's downtown campus, Commons said.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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