By the end of September, The Marquette Tower in downtown Cape Girardeau will sit empty once again. At one point, the restored hotel was filled to nearly 80 percent capacity, but since then its occupancy has been in a steady decline. A public information officer for the Missouri Office of Administration, Ryan Burns said the state agencies occupying space in the building all will be vacating it by Sept. 30. The Marquette Tower lobby directory states that five offices are still in the building: the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Department of Revenue's Criminal Investigation Bureau, the Department of Mental Health's Sikeston Regional Center, the Department of Economic Development's training room and the Department of Social Services's Family Support and Children's Division. This leaves the second, fifth, sixth and seventh floors vacant in the 59,750-square-foot building. For the department of social services, Burns said "all customer service activities performed by staff at the Marquette location will remain at the current address through Sept. 30, and will then move to 3102 Blattner Drive on Oct. 1."
The departments of mental health, labor, industrial relations and health and senior services are all moving to the former Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield building at 471 Siemers Drive in Cape Girardeau. Since changing the Tower's listing from leasing to purchasing a month and a half ago, Kelsey said he's had six inquiries about the space, locally and from outside areas.
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