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December 17, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
BP Gets Go Ahead To Invest Millions In New Office
(2007-08-23)
This is an artists rendering of the new 75 thousand square foot office building BP breaks ground on next week. (Photo: Courtesy BP
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: In what's considered a significant economic boost for Southwest Colorado, BP has received the green light from the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners, for a new office building and warehouse near the Durango/LaPlata County Airport.
KSUT's Victor Locke Reports.

VICTOR: Final approval of the multi million dollar building to house nearly 400 BP employees and a neighboring warehouse at first seemed doomed at a Tuesday meeting.
Commissioner Joelle Riddle questioned why such a massive project was only committing slightly more than 12-thousand dollars for road impacts, when it was expected BP's building and a nearby gravel pit under development would generate considerable traffic and wear on County Road 309, the main access to the airport.
RIDDLE: IT'S NOT THAT I PERSONALLY OR I THINK THE BOARD IS OUT TO GET BP. I'M HERE BECAUSE I'M TRYING TO MAKE WISE PLANS AND I JUST DON'T SEE THAT WE HAVE THE MECHANISMS IN PLACE TO KEEP APPROVING THESE TYPES OF THINGS THAT DON'T, YOU KNOW, THAT AREN'T TAKING INTO ACCOUNT WHAT'S HAPPENING TO US IN THE FUTURE AS A COUNTY WHEN WE PLAN FOR ADEQUATE ROADS AND WE PLAN FOR ADEQUATE DEVELOPMENT. I DON'T WANT TO SHOOT OURSELVES IN THE FOOT BY APPROVING THESE THINGS BEFORE WE'VE GOT THAT INFRASTRUCTURE AND THOSE MECHANISMS IN PLACE THAT MAKE SENSE FOR EVERYONE TO SPREAD THE COST AROUND.
The concerns were quickly allayed by BP's Agent, Brian Kimmell.
He pointed out in addition to the 12 Thousand in impact fees BP will pay, the company has also agreed to make significant improvements, including left turn lanes, on county road 309, as part of the development.
KIMMEL: SO YOU'VE GOT OVER HALF A MILLION DOLLARS, MAYBE APPROCHING ALMOST THREE QUARTERS WHEN YOU ADD IN ENGINEERING COSTS, EVERYTHING ELSE. THAT IS IMPROVEMENTS THAT THE COUNTY REQUIRES BP PUT IN.
Dave Francom is managing the project for BP.
He says the office building will be two stories, 75-thousand square feet, to accomodate growth from BP's present employment of about 200 workers.
FRANCOM: WE ARE GROWING AND ADDING 700 NEW WELLS IN THE AREA THAT HAVE CURRENTLY BEEN APPROVED AND THAT'S GOING TO TAKE A NUMBER OF NEW EMPLOYEES TO OPERATE THOSE WELLS SO THIS NEW BUILDING IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO HOUSE BETWEEN 350 AND 400 EMPLOYEES. THE NEW BUILDING IS BUDGETED IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF 13, 14 MILLION DOLLARS. THE WAREHOUSE IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE ANOTHER 3 MILLION DOLLARS ON TOP OF THAT.
The warehouse, adjacent to the office building, will cover almost 15-thousand square feet.
He says they plan to break ground on both buildings next Wednesday, with completion in October of next year.
From KSUT, Four Corner's Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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