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More than 800 government jobs leaving downtown St. Louis

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(KMOV) -- More than 800 government jobs will be leaving the St. Louis downtown area and some of the jobs leaving were housed in a building that just had a multi-million dollar renovation paid for by tax payers.

“The numbers are big, but you have to put it into context,” said Jason Klumb of the General Services Administration when asked about the expensive renovations at the Robert Young building.

The Robert Young Building went under extensive renovations in 2011 and floors 11-20 remain vacant. The Government Services Administration says there’s not enough square footage available to keep all the VA jobs downtown so they’re moving both offices to Overland.

180 jobs are leaving the Robert Young Building and 640 jobs are leaving a leased building at 400 South 18th Street. The VA pays 1.9 million a year in rent to lease the space on 18th.

The Young building will still have two major tenants: The IRS and the Corp of Engineers.

The move to the new building won’t happen for at least three years. Renovations of the Overland Building will cost at least $27 million.

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