Executives of the North Carolina Education Lottery have initiated a search for new office space that's more than double the size of the lottery's headquarters on Yonkers Road in Raleigh.
N.C. Lottery spokesman Van Denton explains that since the lottery program was enacted by the General Assembly in 2006, lottery sales have more than doubled to more than $2 billion per year, requiring a need to increase the lottery's administrative staff. The N.C. Education Lottery currently has 160 people on staff in Raleigh.
"The lottery had only been selling tickets for three months when we moved here," Denton says of the N.C. Lottery's 42,000-square-foot headquarters office on Yonkers Road. "The building no longer provides the space or design necessary to support the growth in business operations."
To make do, the lottery staff has converted storage rooms into office space and office space in to meeting space. "We've simply outgrown the building," he says.
Through the State Property Office, the lottery office is seeking proposals from Raleigh-area real estate owners to lease about 97,000 square feet of office space for a term of 10 years, according to the request for proposals posted by the state. Possession date would need to be by July 1, 2016, which is when the lottery's current lease expires with its current landlord, the College Foundation Inc.
The 97,000-square-foot office request, he says, should be enough space to accommodate the lottery's current staff as well as additional staff that might be needed to support future growth. About 10,000 square feet of space in the building would also be set aside for use by the lottery's gaming vendor, plus about 19,000 square feet of storage space that's currently being leased in a remote location.
Denton says they have not yet identified a building or space that would be appropriate for the move and that the deadline for proposals is Sept. 29.
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