CALDWELL — A developer is considering building three large facilities in Caldwell, bringing around 250,000 square feet of industrial space to the Sky Ranch Business Park.

The project, also known as “Project Van,” could bring development to a 17-acre site in Sky Ranch owned by Van Auker Companies, a Meridian-based builder, leaser and developer. Because the property is under contract, Caldwell’s economic development director Steve Fultz said he isn’t at liberty to disclose who is looking to move into the space.

“What they have shown us as a possibility of that development would be three separate buildings, ranging from around 40,000 to roughly 120,000 square feet,” Fultz said. “That is what they are proposing for consideration for that site. … Of course that could change.”

The property, Fultz said, is adjacent to Idaho Package Company.

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If all goes as planned, Fultz told the urban renewal agency on Monday that the developer could begin constructing its first building, for warehouse distribution, before the end of this year.

The development could be similar to Ketchum-based developer Strider Group LLC’s projects, Fultz said. In Sky Ranch, Strider Group has built two industrial facilities, which they lease or rent to interested companies, and is in the process of building a third.

Van Auker Companies has worked on various projects in Canyon and Ada counties, including the Nampa Business Park and the Gowen Warehouse in Boise.

Caldwell’s Sky Ranch has become home to several new manufacturing companies over the last year, including Price Pump Manufacturing Company and Fresca Mexican Foods.

Savannah Cardon is the Caldwell reporter for the Idaho Press. Follow her on Twitter, @savannahlcardon, or reach her at 208-465-8172.

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