Some State of Idaho employees will soon be going to work in a new location on Boise’s west side.
Late last year, the State of Idaho bought the 40-year-old Hewlett Packard company complex adjacent to Chinden Blvd. for $110 million. Back in the day, the 200-acre site with parking for more than 5,000 vehicles and 1.5 million square feet of office space was the center for HP’s 7,000 high tech employees.
As the Idaho Press reports, due to recent downsizing and restructuring at the company, there are now about 2,000 HP workers in office space leased from the state.
Idaho State Department of Administration Director Bob Geddes says 150 employees from the Tax Commission’s downtown audit division and printer center will move in December 15. The remainder of the agency’s workers will move next summer, followed by staffers from the Public Utilities Commission and the Industrial Commission.
Geddes tells the Idaho Press the pricetag will be covered by a bond issue financed with rent paid by HP, other tenants and state agencies. One downside may be the $1 million in lost property taxes from the state-owned center, but Geddes expects that to be balanced out by other state agency buildings going on the market to private developers.
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