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Biomark grows Boise presence, will keep spot next to Boise Library

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Biomark leased a large industrial space in Downtown Boise recently. But the company will also keep its space in a City of Boise-owned warehouse near the Boise Library.

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Biomark, a supplier of technology that helps track fish and wildlife, signed a lease for 11,696 square feet of space at 1030 W. River St. The space is in the former Jumptime Boise location, which closed earlier this year.

“Biomark has leased the additional space for storage expansion and plans to stay in our current location for the foreseeable future,” Biomark VP of Sales Scott Gary told BoiseDev.

Offices will stay near library

Biomark uses the former Shaver’s Warehouse adjacent to the Boise Library as its main office location. The City of Boise acquired the building in 2002 for future library expansion. In 2011, the city signed a lease with Rocky Mountain Management and Development, which brought in Biomark.

The lease term on the Shaver’s warehouse is 45 years and runs through 2056.

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When the City of Boise agreed to an $11 million contract with Safdie Associates and Boise firm CSHQA, it told Moshie Safdie he could not use the Biomark property for development. It placed no such limitation on the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, Wasmuth Center or The Cabin Literary Center properties, which the City of Boise also owns. The city proposed to move the Cabin building to a site in Julia Davis Park, and relocate Wasmuth Center offices to make way for the library.

In August, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter called for a “pause” in the planning of the library – due to what he said were escalating construction costs of the library.

Yesterday, the Idaho Press reported Bieter elected to hold onto more than $50 million budgeted for the project. Bieter also told a group of so-called “stakeholders” that if a ballot initiative on the library project passed with voters next month, the city would ‘likely’ take it before a judge in the hopes it would be ruled unconstitutional.

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