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State's new office Downtown to get $2.9M facelift

Getting ready for an influx of 596 state employees, the owner of One Commerce Square is gearing up for a $2.9 million renovation.

Owner Memphis Commerce Square Partners LLC has hired Grinder Taber & Grinder Inc. to renovate part of 40 S. Main for the state of Tennessee, according to a public Shelby County building permit filed Dec. 13.

The renovation follows the state's 15-year lease of 104,673 square feet in the Downtown Memphis building.

The move from the nearby Donnelley J. Hill State Office Building, as we reported in November, should happen June 1.

The permit lists Alabama-based Goodwyn Mills Cawood as the project's architect and Nashville-based I.C. Thomasson Associates Inc. as the engineer.

The owners of One Commerce have already spent $29 million to acquire and improve the 408,165-square-foot tower, including $8 million on the former headquarters space of now-defunct Pinnacle Airlines Corp.