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BATON ROUGE - Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges says her Department’s Headquarters Office has settled nicely into the new LaSalle Building, 617 N. Third Street, in downtown Baton Rouge and has received a number of compliments about its modern facilities.
“This has truly been a happy experience for everyone,” Bridges says. “As the new tax season begins, our employees now have the workspace and modern facilities to more efficiently serve the public. And I want to personally thank all the downtown merchants that have extended such great hospitality to our department and employees. They have made us feel right at home and have helped make the transition from old to new very easy. And the taxpayers are the real beneficiaries,” she adds. “We can now serve their needs even faster and with much more convenience.”
In November, Revenue left behind its crowded and aging facilities on Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge after 21 years. At about that same time, Revenue’s Baton Rouge Regional Office, Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, and Office of Charitable Gaming also moved from different locations into a single new location at the United Plaza 12 Building off Essen Lane in Baton Rouge. Bridges says that move is part of plans the state has to create a Regional Customer Service Center for citizens. Future plans for the United Plaza 12 Building call for the Office of Community Services of the Department of Social Services and some offices of the Secretary of State to also occupy the building. “By grouping all of these offices into a single location, services will be more convenient for taxpayers,” Bridges says. “Taxpayers won’t have to travel to several locations in order to complete business that is coordinated and sequential between those different offices, she explains.”
Revenue occupies the first seven floors of the LaSalle Building, or approximately 156,000 square feet. This is about 20 percent more space than at the old office. The Department of Natural Resources is scheduled to move into the building this month and occupy Floors 8-12. Employees of both departments have all new furnishings provided in their offices. In addition, a 540,000 square feet parking garage was built across the street to provide parking for more than 1,900 cars.
The new LaSalle Building is part of a major project to consolidate much of Louisiana state government into a Capitol Park in downtown Baton Rouge. Now under construction are the $54 million Claiborne Building, which will house the Division of Administration and other agencies, and the Galvez Building, which will house the Department of Environmental Quality. In addition, a $10 million parking garage is being built across from the Claiborne Building and will park approximately 1,400 vehicles.
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