The state of Connecticut has an offer for retailers that includes a potential customer base of nearly 800 state workers.

A new parking garage the state is completing at 315 Buckingham Street, Hartford, has 4,488 square feet of retail space available for lease, and can be subdivided into a minimum of 1,496 square feet.

The state is leasing 4,488 square feet of retail space on the ground floor of its new Buckingham Street parking garage in Hartford.

The space has 121 feet of frontage on the new garage's busy Washington Street side, directly across from the newly renovated State Office Building that will house workers from the offices of the state Comptroller, Attorney General, Treasurer, Secretary of the State, and more.

The space is a short walk from the state Capitol, the Legislative Office Building, and Hartford Superior Court.

Among the potential businesses the state has cited include a coffee or sandwich shop or a dry cleaner.

The space is zoned for multi-use mix and has natural gas and water utilities available.

According to the RFP, the space being offered is a "cool dark shell."

"All tenant improvement costs associated with any buildout will be paid by the lessee," the RFP says, with the lessee responsible for paying their pro-rata share of annual property taxes.

Lease Proposals

Although the new Buckingham Street garage is closed to the public, the state said it will consider a tenant's parking needs depending on the type of business. In addition, there is ample metered street parking nearby. 

The state's RFP asks business owners to submit lease proposals that include square footage required, a proposed rental rate, lease terms, and intended use of the space.

The deadline to submit RFPs to the Department of Administrative Services is Nov. 15 at 3 pm.

They must be submitted to: DAS, Statewide Leasing & Property Transfer Division, Suite 1402, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, Connecticut, 06103.

The state is planning two walk-throughs of the property—Oct. 25 at 10 am and Nov. 1 at 10 am.

To attend, you must register by noon on the day before—Oct. 24 and 31—by emailing Thomas Piacenza at the DAS.