DEQ U.P. headquarters moving

MARQUETTE – Staff from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Upper Peninsula District Office at K.I. Sawyer will begin moving into new headquarters in Marquette this week.

“In an effort to economize and reduce the amount of space that DEQ currently leases, we are moving to a smaller space that also gives us more accessibility to the public,” said Julie Dunn, a departmental analyst with the DEQ.

The office, which has 38 employees, is relocating to 1504 W. Washington St. The building currently housing the DEQ office at Sawyer, part of the Telkite Technology Park, is being sold.

Dunn said the DEQ is leasing 17,662 square feet at the K.I. Sawyer office and will downsize to 11,956 square feet at the new location in Marquette.

The DEQ staff moved to Sawyer from its joint headquarters with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at the DNR’s field office in Marquette in 2002. In January 2003, the DEQ moved remaining staff from the Marquette County Health Department in Negaunee Township to the Sawyer location.

The Sawyer DEQ office is expected to be vacated completely by the end of this month.

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