Monday, November 15, 2010

New IRS facility still a go

The federal government won't use the historic Denver & Rio Grande Building to construct a new $21 million IRS facility in downtown Ogden but is still moving ahead with the project.

The U.S. General Services Administration has decided against using the building off 24th Street between Lincoln and Wall avenues because there are liens on the property that would delay construction, said Steve Waldrip, a manager with The Boyer Co,, which is overseeing the project.

The city will transfer the purchase option for Geisler's land to Boyer for the construction of the reconfigured IRS building that will occupy about 149,900 square feet as planned.

Once work is finished, the government will lease the building from Boyer. Construction is slated to begin in about two weeks with completion scheduled for early 2012, said Waldrip. Buildings at the site formerly used by Wonder Bread Inc. and Ogden Blue will be demolished to allow for construction of the IRS facility.

The building will house about 750 employees, but city officials haven't been told by the IRS how many of those workers represent new jobs or how many will be transferred from other facilities, said Tom Christopulos, the city's business development manager. Ogden-Standard Examiner