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BOSTON-The Suffolk Superior Court will need to vacate the John W. McCormack Federal Building in Post Office Square when its lease expires next January and the search for a new home could stop at 51 Sleeper St. on the South Boston waterfront.

The 135,000-sf building, owned by local developer Frank McCourt, is currently leased by the state’s Department of Revenue. According to Dana Leavitt, administrator for the Superior Court, that department will be vacating the space to move into the Saltonstall Building as soon as its renovations are complete.

“We’d like to renew this lease,” Leavitt tells GlobeSt.com referring to the McCormak building. “But the GSA (General Services Administration) doesn’t see that in the stars.” Leavitt points out that there are a number of federal agencies in leased space around the city and for security, as well as financial, reasons, the GSA wants to put them all in one space.

Because the Department of Capital Asset and Management currently leases the Sleeper Street building, the deal would just involve modifying and extending the current lease to enable the court to move in. But Leavitt notes that members of the court are less than pleased with this choice. He says that the site is not built to accommodate a court and it does not have convenient access to public transportation. But, he adds, I don’t believe we have any alternative.”

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