A new business is about to set up shop in Downtown Richmond, LCG Global will be moving into the 300 Morton Street building by the end of the year. Bryan English, LCG’s vice president of operations, announced the move at the Richmond Development Corporation’s Board of Directors’ July meeting.

The firm is planning on spending about $2 million to purchase and renovate the building, English said.

“We’re looking at $750,000 worth of remodeling and another $700,000 in furnishings,” he said. Part of the price tag will go to building a secure digital forensic lab for LCG Global’s cyber security and investigations divisions.

Despite the high-tech security and cutting edge services that will be offered, LCG Global plans to keep 300 Morton as close to period accurate as possible.

“We want to keep the tin ceiling, the windows, we fell in love with the building,” English said. However, there are some fundamental improvements that have to be made before construction can even start. English asked the development corporation’s board for a $130,000 grant to pay for upgrading 300 Morton Street’s electrical system and paving the parking lot. The electrical work will be to ensure that the building’s external lights are fully functional. The grant proposal was referred to the Richmond City Commission for a final decision.

LCG Global is planning on moving from its current offices on I-10 near Kirkwood Drive in Houston to Richmond. The move is part of a strategy to make Fort Bend County the company’s permanent home, according to English.

“We anticipate not just coming to work in the morning,” he said. “We expect to be around.”

LCG Global is cyber forensics and investigation service that was founded in the late 2000’s, according to the company’s website. “We are the people who get called in to make sure someone didn’t take any [intellectual property] when they left a company,” English said. “If they didn’t take anything it’s all good. If we find that something is missing or was copied then we help build a case for the courts.”

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