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Mayor’s contracts office backs off 28 Liberty office space

City agency had eyed 35K sf at the Downtown tower
December 08, 2016 11:30AM

Lisette Camilo and 28 Liberty Street

DCAS Commissioner Lisette Camilo and 28 Liberty Street

The Mayor’s Office of Contract Services has backed off its plans to lease 35,000 square feet at Fosun International’s 28 Liberty.

The city agency made a last-minute switch and withdrew its application just hours ahead of a Wednesday Community Board 1 meeting necessary for City Planning approval, DNAinfo reported.

“We are withdrawing our application at this time, while we consider if the space still meets the operational needs of MOCS,” said Cathy Hanson, a spokesperson for the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, which manages city-owned properties.

DCAS said that the contracts office merged in October with HSS Accelerator, a department that streamlines city contracts, and they are still hammering out the details of whether or not the space will work for both agencies.

The Real Deal first reported that MCOS – an agency tied up in the Rivington House scandal – was eyeing 35,000 square feet at the Fosun building. [DNAinfo]Rich Bockmann