Citizens Property team recommends EverBank Center Downtown for office consolidation

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A Citizens Property Insurance Corp. negotiation team recommended Thursday that the company consolidate a 950-job operations center Downtown in EverBank Center, pending completion of lease negotiations.

If those negotiations are not successful, then the team will work on a deal with Crocker Partners for space in its Prominence business park in Baymeadows. Crocker Partners was the runner-up in the process.

Amkin West LLC owns EverBank Center Downtown at 301 W. Bay St.

Citizens Property, the Tallahassee-based insurer, has been looking for a site for about 226,400 square feet of office space to accommodate its consolidated center, which will involve relocating 800 existing local jobs, now among three buildings in Baymeadows, and move in 148 IT jobs from outside the city.

Citizens Property was created by the Legislature in 2002 as a not-for-profit tax-exempt government entity to provide insurance protection to Florida policyholders unable to find property insurance coverage in the private market.

Citizens Property wants to start moving into the space Aug. 1 and begin the lease Jan. 1, 2016.

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