Downtown Boise office building demolished, replacement project underway

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Crews demolished a 1970s-era office building in Downtown Boise recently – and are at work on its replacement.

The State of Idaho’s Public Employees Retirement System (PERSI) decided to tear down a building it owned at 9th St. and Washington St. this summer.

The building used to serve as the administration building for the state retirement fund. During an April, 2016 board meeting, a PERSI staff member told the board the structure was “unoccupied, functionally obsolete and a safety hazard/liability risk,” and recommended tearing it down.

The board considered options for the property including building a new office building, but ultimately decided to expand its current parking lot on the site. Last year, befor authorizing demolition, the board considered selling the building or property, but ultimately decided to keep it. The parking lot “will be maintained as an asset of the Trust.”

The lot sits adjacent to the existing PERSI office building and Boise High School.

PERSI got design review permission from the City of Boise to replace the office building with a 19-space parking lot and landscaping. Construction crews are at work on that part of the project now.

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