New Cop Shop 

The long arm of the law just got a little longer if you live in west Boise.

The city announced the addition of City Hall West, a new 90,000-square-foot facility that will house Boise Police and Fire Department administration and offer city services to area residents. The new building, a former Hewlett-Packard call center, is located at 333 N. Sailfish Place, off Emerald Street between Maple Grove and Five Mile roads.

The city purchased the property for $10.1 million, with funds that had been set aside for the last several years. Elizabeth Duncan, spokesperson for Mayor Dave Bieter, said it will take roughly $4 million to retrofit the building, but the money is within the city's budget for the project. In fact, the purchase of an existing building, rather than building it from the ground up, will save $12 million, according to a statement released by the city.

City Hall West is designed to meet the needs of one of the fastest-growing areas of the city. Duncan said 55 percent of Boiseans live in the western district.

The building will house offices for police and fire officials, and a 6,000-square-foot kitchen will become a new crime lab. Boise Police administration will move out of offices it shares with the Ada County Sheriff's Office on Barrister Road.

The city will also expand its services, letting neighbors pay utility bills and parking tickets, and even return library books without having to travel downtown. Community meeting rooms will also be incorporated.

The City Council still has to ratify the building purchase at its meeting on June 19, but city officials are already planning to close on the property in August. If all goes as planned, City Hall West will be open for business next summer.

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