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ODFW Commission approves purchase of new headquarters

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Commission approves purchase of new ODFW headquarters building

January 6, 2012

SALEM, Ore. – The Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting today in Salem authorized ODFW staff to proceed with the purchase a new headquarters building in Salem.

The new HQ building would be located at 4030 Fairview Industrial Drive SE in Salem. ODFW currently leases office space, and the purchase and renovation of the new building would coincide with the expiration of the current lease on August 31, 2013.

The purchase will be financed by $16 million in bonds approved by the 2011 Oregon State Legislature.  Purchasing, rather than leasing, the building will save the agency roughly $5 million over the 25-year bond.  Like current lease payments, the bond will be repaid using hunting and fishing license and tag revenues.

ODFW has a number of approvals and other steps before the acquisition, construction, and move to the new building is complete.  The Commission’s action today is a key step in that direction.