EPA Moving Regional HQ, but Staying in Kansas
KANSAS CITY (AP) - The federal Environmental Protection Agency is moving its regional headquarters from downtown Kansas City, Kan., to the Johnson County community of Lenexa.
The agency will occupy the former world headquarters of Applebee's - a 3-year-old, state-of-the-art "`green" building that's been available since the restaurant chain was bought by the company that also owns IHOP.
About 600 people work at the headquarters of the EPA's Region 7, which covers Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Nine Tribal Nations.
The regional operation had been headquartered in Kansas City, Kan., for more than 25 years. Its current downtown building opened in 1999, with a 10-year lease that expired in 2009.
A spokesman for the General Services Administration told The Kansas City Star the agency has signed a 10-year lease with options for another 10 years on the Applebee's building.