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Depot team moving to mall

About 250 government and contracted employees of the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction-Pilot Plant will move to new headquarters in Richmond Mall, it was announced Monday.

The move will take place over the next few months. The Richmond staff is currently scattered among three buildings in the Gibson Bay Drive area.

"This new location will consolidate our people in one location, improve efficiency and reduce overall facility costs," said Ralph Collins, acting site project manager for the U.S. Army Element, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternative program, which manages the chemical demilitarization project.

The pilot plant project team will occupy 42,000 square feet between Office Max and the former Fashion Bug store, according to a news release. The former retail space is being converted by contractors for the mall owner, Richmond Mall Associates LLC.

A phased move is scheduled to take place between mid-March and May.

Those moving to the new location will include employees of ACWA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, systems contractor Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass, and government support contractor FOCIS Associates, a division of Science Application International Corp.

Four other project locations will not be affected. Those are the construction site on the Blue Grass Army Depot; a training center; a warehouse east of Richmond on Ky. 52; and the Bluegrass Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office at 1000 Commercial Drive.

The chemical weapons destruction facility is under construction at a site on the Army depot off Ky. 52. It will destroy some 523 tons of chemical weapons stored at the depot.