U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, has closed his office at 524 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, to cut costs and allow Regional Director Bryan Ricker to visit rural southwest Idaho locations more frequently.
Crapo spokesman Lindsay Nothern said the Caldwell office drew fewer visitors than anticipated, and many Nampa constituents, instead, visited Crapo’s Boise office at 251 E. Front St., Boise.
“And there is a lot of demand from other areas,” Nothern said.
Ricker was the only employee at the Caldwell office and is now based at the Boise office. He is slated to travel to different cities and counties on a rotating basis each month. He is scheduled to hold office hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Adams County Courthouse in Council and Jan. 13 at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 11 at Emmett City Hall.
Crapo’s office occupied less than 400 square feet in the Caldwell building but was the first upstairs tenant when Meridian-based owner Dick Anderson renovated the building in 2000, Anderson said. Crapo’s staff timed leases to match the senator’s election terms. Crapo was reelected in November, and the lease expired recently.
The two-story, 50,000-square-foot Cornerstone building now has the former Crapo space and a 1,500-square-foot building available, said Anderson, who handles leasing.
Nothern said a small expansion of Crapo’s Boise office is planned eventually, into part of the former PacificSource space. PacificSource moved its Boise office.