Boise's Garro Building set for makeover

Late last year, the State of Idaho sold a series of buildings and other properties it owned at auction.

One of those - a five-story office building on Bannock St. known as the Garro Building next to the Hoff Building was purchased by the O.L. Halsell Foundation. That foundation helps charities in the Orange County, CA area.

Now, a planned building remodel will spruce up the current brick red and blue exterior with a slate gray finish, new awning and a reconfiguration of the first floor, according to a pair of sales fliers being circulated by Thornton Oliver Keller. The building would also be renamed Garro Place

The ground floor would be reconfigured to accommodate a larger retail space by eliminating a large staircase in the front of the building and reconfiguring the lobby. The ground floor space would retail about 3,700 square feet in total.

TOK says it is seeking retail, coffee/cafe, salon, bakery, fitness or boutique type tenants.

The remaining floors would continue to be leased to office tenants.

The building is named for Adelia Garro Simplot - wife of JR Simplot's son Richard. Garro is also known for her role in the creation of Boise's Basque Block.