DETROIT - General Motors' former world headquarters will become a Michigan state office building.
Michigan agencies will use the entire 1 million square feet of space in the old GM building on West Grand Boulevard about three miles north of downtown, state officials confirmed.
'We have determined we will fill the building,' said Penny Griffin, public information officer for the Department of Management and Budget.
Griffin said negotiations between the state, General Motors and TrizecHahn Office Properties Inc. have been 'very complicated because three parties are involved.'
After GM bought the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit as its new home, the automaker agreed to let TrizecHahn, which owns and operates several other prominent buildings in Detroit, redevelop its former world headquarters as a state government center.
At one point, state officials thought some space in the building might be available for city or county use.
Matt Cullen, general manager of General Motors Enterprise Activities Group, said he expects final contracts between the three parties to be signed soon, allowing the transition to begin.
'We intend to vacate the top half of the building early next year to allow Trizec to begin renovations so the state can get in by the second half of calendar 2000,' Cullen said.
The lower half of the building would then be vacated in 2001, he said. This phasing will help local retail businesses from being hurt as they might if the building were completely closed for renovations.
Griffin said that about 1,700 state workers will be moved from other nearby state office buildings.
Tenants will likely include the State Court of Appeals, Employment Security Commission, Secretary of State, Labor Department, State Police and the Attorney General's office.
Several smaller judicial agencies also are under consideration to move to the new Government Center Building, he said.