The WRA and city submitted a lease proposal for Union Station to the state Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, which will make the decision on the location for the Cannabis Control Commission headquarters.
“They told us they will be making a decision by the end of this month,” Mr. Traynor told the WRA board. “The decision will be made by DCAM with input from the (Cannabis Control) commission. We had a good walk-through (at Union Station) a few weeks ago with representatives of DCAM and the commission. So, we’re hoping for the best.”
Mr. Traynor said DCAM would not disclose who else has submitted bids for the headquarters.
The WRA board has talked about offering vacant space on the second floor of Union Station to the Cannabis Control Commission. More than 13,000 square feet is available there.
It is expected that the Cannabis Control Commission would bring to Union Station 50 employees and additional foot traffic. It is looking for a 10-year lease for its new headquarters.
The commission had been considering several locations for its headquarters, including Boston, but Worcester was added to the list at the behest of Commissioner Jennifer Flanagan, a former state senator from Leominster whose district included several communities in northern Worcester County.
The Cannabis Control Commission will become the first state agency to have its main office in Worcester.