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Idaho Statesman sells Boise building, storage units planned

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After several years on the market, the Idaho Statesman building on Curtis Rd. in Boise finally sold. BoiseDev first brought you news of the building hitting the market in 2016.

Today, the Statesman said the building and several parcels of land sold to Eagle-based firm Cedar Creek Wealth. The firm plans to revamp the offices and one-time printing press facility with temperature-controlled storage units, according to the paper.

Former Statesman publisher Debra Leithauser told BoiseDev in 2016 that the company planned to move to other offices in Boise. In recent months, the Statesman’s employees began working from home in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Parent company McClatchy said it would move out of seven newsrooms across the company earlier this year. It said when those outlets return to the office, it would operate in new locations.

“The building no longer fits our needs,” Statesman publisher Rusty Dodge said in the paper’s story. “We need a faster, more modern space that is capable of handling the news organization we are today.”

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The two parcels cover six acres. The property hit the market at $6.9 million in 2015. It came back on the market in 2019 at $5.5 million. The Statesman did not list the sales price in the reporting on the sale, but did say it was less than the asking price.

Long-running Boise history

The Statesman is one of Boise’s longest-running businesses.

If the Statesman moves to a new space, it will be the seventh home since the Idaho Statesman’s 1864 founding. The Statesman first inhabited a log cabin on Main St. between 6th and 7th Streets (now Capitol Blvd.) downtown – the location of modern-day Boise City Hall.  It then moved to 7th & Idaho – and to a third spot back on the north side of 6th & Main.

In 1909, the paper began a decades-long run in a building on the south side of  Main at 6th in the building that now houses Reef and Brickyard. The paper’s “STATESMAN” imprint is still seen in tile at the entrance to Brickyard.

In 1952, the media company moved to 300 N. 6th Street near the Statehouse – another building that still stands and is home to a law firm and the Idaho Department of Lands.

Finally, the paper moved to the 1200 N. Curtis Rd. location in 1972.

Previous owner Gannett expanded the building in 2004 to add a second-floor regional classified service center, just before the classified advertising market moved largely online in the era of Craigslist.

The Statesman shut down its press operation in 2008, and moved printing of the paper to Nampa in a deal with the Idaho Press-Tribune (now Idaho Press). The newspaper is now printed in Twin Falls.

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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