OGDEN -- The Ogden Redevelopment Agency Board agreed Tuesday night to sell the Boyer Company about a quarter-acre of property for $244,000 to provide parking for a planned Internal Revenue Service building.
The RDA board, made up of the city council, unanimously approved the sale of the land at 185 23rd St. The sale will provide space for about 25 vehicles and will complete a parking area for a $21 million IRS facility being built by Boyer at 24th Street and Lincoln Avenue.
The RDA will put proceeds from the land sale toward construction of a parking garage and 15,000 square feet of retail space in conjunction with a planned Hilton Garden Inn Hotel at the northwest corner of 23rd Street and Washington Boulevard.
The city will also allocate $306,000 in Business Depot Ogden lease revenue for the garage. An additional $550,000 for the garage will be funded by Western States Lodging, the developer of the hotel.
Construction of the IRS building is on schedule and is slated to be finished in February, said Steve Waldrip, a manager with The Boyer Co., which is overseeing the project.
Boyer will own the building and lease it to the General Services Administration, the federal government's real estate arm, for use by the IRS.
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, Tom Christopulos, the city's deputy director of community and economic development, has said.
Consolidation of multiple IRS functions into the new building will increase efficiency and be more cost-effective because it won't be necessary to move personnel and work materials between different facilities, according to the GSA.
The facility will be adjacent to another IRS operation in the Scowcroft Building at 23rd Street and Wall Avenue.