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CALDWELL — Price Pump Company is moving its operation from California to Caldwell in the coming months.

The Caldwell Urban Renewal Agency approved a purchase and sales agreement Monday for about 6 acres of land in the Sky Ranch Business Center with a purchase price of $486,129. This price may vary slightly once a land survey is completed in the next few days to determine the exact size of the land, according to ElJay Waite, Caldwell’s treasurer.

Price Pump is planning to build a 40,000-square-foot facility and bring roughly 35 jobs to the area, Steve Fultz, Caldwell economic development director, said at a December urban renewal meeting.

“We’re excited to have another manufacturer in the city,” Fultz said. “We see them as good community partners. ... They are already making connections with the local community.”

Price Pump has been in the pumping industry since 1932, according to its website. The company’s manufacturing facility is in Sonoma, California. The company manufactures centrifugal and air-operated diaphragm pumps for industrial uses.

Price Pump’s representatives could not be reached for comment.

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The Agency also approved a new request for proposals inviting developers to submit their plans for the downtown site bordered on the northeast by Main Street and the southeast by South Seventh Avenue.

After plans to locate a hotel downtown fell through, city leaders discussed plans in December for a more flexible development option moving forward. {span}In July 2016, Caldwell’s urban renewal agency released a request for proposals seeking developers who wanted to build a hotel and gathering site there.{/span}

The new request for proposals does not dictate exact uses. The city is looking for a project that will enhance street vitality and increase pedestrian traffic.

Developers have until May 14 to respond, according to the RFP document.

Areena Arora is the City of Caldwell reporter. Contact her at aarora@idahopress.com.

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