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City Office REIT Sells Office Campus in Boise for $86.5M

Washington Group Plaza is within walking distance to Boise State University, the Ada County Courthouse, Boise River Greenbelt and Idaho’s only Whole Foods Market.

BOISE, IDAHO — City Office REIT Inc. (NYSE: CIO) has sold Washington Group Plaza, a four-building office campus situated on 24 acres in Boise. The Vancouver-based REIT sold the property to St. Luke’s, Idaho’s only nonprofit healthcare system, for $86.5 million.

City Office REIT recently executed a 148,000-square-foot lease at the complex with St. Luke’s. The company operates 14 hospitals and medical centers in Idaho, four of which are in Boise.

Located at 400 Broadway Ave., 701 Morrison Drive and 720 and 800 Park Blvd., Washington Group Plaza is situated within walking distance to Boise State University, Boise River the Ada County Courthouse and Idaho’s only Whole Foods Market.

The recently renovated campus spans 557,510 square feet and features 1,050 structured parking spaces and 896 surface spaces. Amenities include an on-site cafeteria, fitness center and a 250-seat auditorium.

“The four office buildings that comprise Washington Group Plaza were contributed to City Office as part of the initial public offering in April 2014,” says Greg Tylee, chief operating officer and president of City Office REIT. “Since that time, we have implemented substantial operational improvements and cost savings.”

City Office REIT will use proceeds from the sale to repay approximately $32.1 million of mortgage debt and for general working capital purposes, including potential property acquisitions.

The REIT currently owns or has an interest in 4.6 million square feet of office properties concentrated in the Southern and Western United States.

City Office’s stock price closed on Thursday, March 8 at $11.40 per share, down from $12 per share a year ago.

— John Nelson

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