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Developers hope to expand an office building on the Boise Bench – adding space to the 1998-era project.

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Orchard Partners hopes to expand the building anchored by SunWest Bank at Orchard St. and Irving St. The addition would add about 25,000 square feet to the three story building.

The expansion – nearly 22 years later – was part of the initial plan for the building, according to a letter from CSHQA, which is designing the expansion.

[Boise says it wants to hire Utah developer for Bench site, specifics not revealed]

“The design intent for the addition to 1299 North Orchard, is to match the design of the existing building, in height, finishes, and architectural elements with some minor variation to the corners of the proposed addition,” CSHQA project manager Tim Mongtomery II wrote in an application letter.

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The expansion would extend the building along N. Orchard St., facing the La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery building across the street. It would replace an area currently landscaped with grass and trees, and transform the building into more of an L-shape.

The building currently includes office space for Sunwest, as well as the Idaho Department of Correction, Saint Alphonsus Health Alliance and Idaho Health Data Exchange.

The project will need design review approval from the City of Boise.

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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