Decision could finally be near for area’s FBI office

After more than three years of considering plans to relocate the Milwaukee office for the FBI, the federal government could finally be near a decision about where to locate the office, sources say.

The Milwaukee FBI office is currently located in an 80,000-square-foot space in the Plaza East Office Center, a multi-tenant office complex at 330 E. Kilbourn Ave. in downtown Milwaukee.

The federal government’s General Services Administration is considering plans to relocate the Milwaukee FBI office. The office needs 80,000 to 100,000 square feet of space that meets modern federal security standards, ideally located in a standalone building with significant setbacks.

Three developers are known to be competing for the Milwaukee FBI office:

– Boca Raton, Fla.-based Proacci Development Corp. which has submitted plans to purchase, renovate and lease a 105,000-square-foot building at W180 N7950 Town Hall Road in Menomonee Falls to the FBI.

– Milwaukee-based Mark Partners LLC, which submitted plans to purchase and lease the three-story, 103,553-square-foot office building at 440 S. Executive Dr. in Brookfield to the FBI.

– Las Vegas-based Molasky Group of Companies, which submitted plans to purchase and lease the 82,546-square-foot Stark Investments building at 3600 S. Lake Dr. in St. Francis to the FBI.

The GSA could also decide to keep the FBI office in downtown Milwaukee.

A decision is expected in a few weeks, according to sources.

If the federal government makes a decision on the FBI office it would likely be one of the largest office space lease deals of the year in the Milwaukee area.

“This is a big deal,” said Mike Judson, president of Judson & Associates, which is representing Proacci Development Corp.

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