Weld County buys StarTek building for possible future growth

1250 H St.
The former StarTek building in Greeley is close to Weld County Department of Buildings and Grounds.

Weld County has acquired a former call center in Greeley to position itself for continued growth.

EWE Warehouse Investments XL Ltd. sold the former StarTek building at 1250 H St. to the county for $4.7 million. StarTek vacated the 34,944-square-foot building in January. The property is located close to the building that houses the Weld County Department of Buildings and Grounds.

“We felt it was a really good deal,” said Weld County Commissioner Mike Freeman. As one of the fastest-growing counties in the country, “We’re looking toward anticipated growth in Weld County government as well and a place to expand some of our departments as we need to going into the future,” he said.

While the county hasn’t yet analyzed the best use of the building, one of the needs it will have going forward relates to the addition of two new District Court judges. “Obviously, two new judges means two new courtrooms, more district attorney staff and all of that,” said Freeman.

The county bought the Chase building in downtown Greeley in 2015 and moved some of its Human Services offices there. The remainder is leased out, which generates income to pay for the property while preserving space for possible future growth, Freeman said.

“That’s kind of the same thing with the StarTek building. As we move forward, we may not need that for future growth for another year or two, but it gets us in a place where we can continue with our long-range plans to see what makes sense to go into that building,” he said.

The StarTek building, built in 1998, was sold by an investment group and wasn’t being actively marketed for sale.

CBRE’s Jeremy Ballenger and Pete Kelly represented the seller. Ron Randel and Jim Vetting of Wheeler Management Group represented Weld County in the acquisition.

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