Keller Associates office building in the works in downtown Meridian; more on the way

By Patty Bowen | idahopress.com
July 18, 2019

The MKA Office Building at Trackside is phase one of three phases planned for the site. The other two buildings most likely won’t be designed until after the MKA building is completed, said Eric Davis, founder and president of Retail West Properties. The three buildings will lease space from the Union Pacific Railroad company for parking.

Neither the MKA building or the other two buildings have been approved by the city of Meridian. A formal application has not been submitted for the project and a public hearing has not yet been scheduled, according to Chris Johnson, Meridian city clerk…

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Tucson Construction: Geico regional office, apartments, and a new STEM school

By Gabriela Rico | Arizona Daily Star
October 28th, 2018

Work is underway on a new regional office for one of Tucson’s largest employers. A $26.5 million building permit has been issued for a 200,000-square-foot office building to house Geico, which has been in Tucson since 2003 and employs more than 2,000 workers. Local developer, The Bourn Companies, is building the project on 20 acres at The Bridges, near 3 6th Street and Kino Parkway. The Bridges is comprised of the retail center, Tucson Marketplace and the University of Arizona Tech Parle Bourn further plans to develop more office space, multifamily units and a community park on an additional 95 acres there in the future. Geico will be the first corporate employer in the development and will consolidate its employees in the new office and add about 700 positions over the next few years. The new regional office is expected to be completed by mid-2019, at the earliest.

A word with Eric Davis of Retail West

Anne Wallace Allen | August 27, 2018

Commercial real estate developer Eric Davis grew up near Cleveland and studied construction technology and business at Ferris State University in Michigan. He spent six months working as an engineer in a power plant before moving in 1978 to Homart, a Chicago shopping center development company building regional malls around the western U.S.

Davis continued working in retail with a position with Price Development Company in Salt Lake City before moving to Cantlon Properties in Boise to build big-box shopping centers in Idaho, Utah, Oregon and Washington. Davis started his own company, Retail West, in 2000. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Davis spent some time talking to Idaho Business Review about retail real estate. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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