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Ada County auctions Bench office building to pay for expanded drug court facility

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Ada County sold a Boise Bench office building for $3.1 million at an auction this week. 

On Thursday, the Ada County Commissioners held a public auction to sell off an office building that formerly belonged to J-U-B Engineers. The building is located at 250 S. Beechwood Drive in an office park off of Overland Road next to Bishop Kelly High School.

It went to Aaron St. George, the executive director of Caldwell-based counseling service Serenity Wellness. He outbid an employee of BCB Portfolio LLC in several rounds of offers starting at a minimum of $2.675 million. 

The county originally purchased the building in 2020 for $2 million in the hopes of using it for a treatment facility for participants in Ada County’s Drug and Mental Health Court programs, but the building ended up not being suitable. 

“Due to the costs required to remodel the property for such use, the county decided to sell the Beechwood property and look for another property that will be less costly to remodel for this purpose,” Ada County spokesperson Elizabeth Duncan told BoiseDev in an email. 

Funds will go toward expanded facility elsewhere 

The proceeds from the sale will go towards the $7.5 million the county budgeted for the upcoming fiscal year for a new clinic. 

This program, which currently operates out of the county’s complex on Benjamin Lane near Boise Towne Square, offers an alternative for felony offenders in Ada County to prison time. Instead of going behind bars, participants in drug court can choose to be closely monitored and participate in programming while they serve their sentence out in the community. The goal of the program is to treat substance abuse and stop the costly cycle of recidivism where people cycle in and out of prison without getting better. 

These funds will go toward purchasing and renovating a new building for the clinic, which will allow it to expand and leave the Benjamin complex so it can eventually be renovated and make room for more county operations. The drug court renovation and move is part of the county’s master facilities plan, which is a plan commissioners adopted in 2018 ranking several county infrastructure projects. 

Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev Sr. Reporter
Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev Sr. Reporter
Margaret Carmel is a BoiseDev reporter focused on the City of Boise, housing, homelessness and growth. Contact her at [email protected] or by phone at (757)705-8066.

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