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Fish and Game looks to tear down, replace Boise HQ building

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game hopes to move into new digs soon. The Idaho Department of Administration published a detailed request for proposal to construct the new building.

The RFP seeks someone to tear down, build and own a new building on the current site at 600 S. Walnut in East Boise. The extensive document outlines an arrangement where the State of Idaho would lease the land to a developer who would build the new building to spec. The state would then sublease back both the land and building. At the end of a 20 to 27-year term, the State of Idaho could purchase the building back for $1.

The current headquarters building dates to 1965. Crews built it on a portion of the former Joe Devine Airway Park, also known as Braves Field. The ballpark hosted a number of minor-pro baseball teams from the 1930s-1960s. The site is now home to Fish and Game and the MK Nature Center.

Proposed site plan. Courtesy Idaho Dept. of Administration

“Idaho Fish and Game is thrilled to begin the process of designing and building a new headquarters that will provide Idaho sportsmen and women with superior service, public space and more efficient government,” department spokesperson Roger Phillips told BoiseDev. “With those values in mind, Fish and Game officials will be engaging our neighbors, local government and the community-at-large as we go through a deliberate process that respects the people, land and services that will be affected by this project.”

Phillips said the department takes “very seriously our obligation to honor the history and character of the neighborhood.”

The RFP seeks a 63,211 square foot three-story building with room for 186 employees. It notes some future expansion room should be provided. The request outlines space needs for staff, management and public functions like licenses.

The state requests the developer provide 235 parking spaces – an increase from the roughly 195 spaces currently on the site. A proposed site plan would push the building back away from Walnut St. with parking in front. The building currently sits along the street with parking on the sides and in back.

During construction, employees would move off-site. The RFP requires access to the MK Nature Center at the rear of the property be maintained for the public and school groups.

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