Pfizer is clearing out its former data center off Eastern Point Road in anticipation of leasing the building to the state.
The state told reporters at The Day that that they will use the building to house computing equipment.
The building is known as Building 230 and will remain on Groton’s tax rolls while Building 118 is being demolished. Pfizer has been reducing its local presence and has mentioned that they may soon demolish Building 288 as well.
The Bureau of Enterprise Systems and Technology, which provides tech support to the Executive Branch hopes to occupy the 15,000 square foot building and if the deal goes as planned, the state’s operations will be up and running by early 2015. The building will require minor renovations and some fiber optic lines to connect the building to the state's network.
It’s unknown how many people will be employed or how it will be staffed.
Pfizer has been reducing its local presence since 2010 when it sold its worldwide research center in New London to Electric Boat. They also moved discovery scientists to Cambridge, Mass. and issued pink slips to more than 1,100 people in 2011-12.