The Greensboro City Council is expected to approve a five-year lease on office space in downtown Greensboro at the Tuesday, Oct. 17 meeting.

The five-year lease for 9,200 square feet in the Meyer’s Building at 200 S. Elm St. will cost the city nearly $1 million. Since the COVID restrictions, when people were required to work at home, businesses across the world have been downsizing their office space and allowing more flexibly work schedules.

The City of Greensboro is moving in the opposite direction, increasing its office space. It was announced this week that the Housing and Neighborhood Development Department would be moving into the old Glenwood United Methodist Church building, once that spaced has been renovated.

However, it should come as no surprise that the City of Greensboro needs more office space.  In the two budgets that City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba has overseen, the number of city employees has grown by 57, and that’s a lot of new employees to try to squeeze into an office.

Those two budgets had tax increases equivalent to about 13 cents, and much of that additional revenue was allocated for employee raises and 57 new positions. Part of the expense of creating that many new positions is providing those new employees with places to work.

According to the City Council agenda, the Meyer’s Building office space will be used for the staff of procurement, parks and recreation and the city attorney’s office.

Moving those folks out of city hall is being done to allow the expansion of the Development Services Center on the Upper Ground level of city hall.

The office space being leased is on the fourth floor of the Meyer’s Building, and for the first year the monthly lease payment will be $15,666. The monthly lease payment will increase each year until the fifth year of the lease when the city will be paying $17,632 per month.