Wakefield did not immediately return a call Friday seeking comment.
State Del. Mark Hunt, a lawyer, also has an office in the building.
After the new owner's comments were read to him, Hunt said, "Of course the new owner is not responsible in any way for the misdeeds or sins of the previous owner.
"I think it's great they're going to make capital improvements," he said. "I have seen people measuring for new carpet in the hallways. The building has an interior fountain. I've noticed they're getting ready to clean up the fountain.
"But I will tell you this. In most leases in this building (there is a clause that says) if the owners do improvements, they can tariff the tenants.
"That's not in my lease because I'm a lawyer and I had that struck from my lease," Hunt said. "But I think it might be in some of the government agency leases.
"You want the improvements, the working elevators, but you also don't want a tariff," he said. "I don't know if this company plans on enforcing that tariff or just plans on fixing up the building. I just don't know."
Government agencies with offices in the building include the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., also has an office there.
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