Don Weber hopes to add 700 jobs to newly purchased CenturyLink corporate building

The CenturyLink building that sits right by Riverside Park was built over 20 years ago.

CenturyLink moved the majority of its employees out of the building over the past year or so. And put the building up for sale, and now a new owner is ready to breath new life into it.

The sign outside the CenturyLink building reads that the property is available, but it’s going to have a new owner soon.

“We look forward to Don Weber looking to fill that building up,” said Mayor Tim Kabat.

Don Weber was at the City’s Common Council meeting last night, expressing the potential the space could bring to the area.

“We see a lot of potential for future growth.”

At the meeting, the city cut its contract with CenturyLink on the property, allowing it to be purchased.

“I just see the opportunities moving forward,” said Weber.

Weber will purchase the property for $11 million, and he hopes to add 700 jobs to the building and area.

“Makes a lot of good business sense to try to put something together,” said Weber.

Weber has an unannounced business moving into the property, and is also in talks with some start-ups to take office space.

“We’re going to move them in here and get started.”

Weber has developed several properties in town, including his office space at Belle Square. But through all those properties, he doesn’t consider himself as a developer.

“I’ve never came in and said ‘geez, here’s a great piece of property, let’s build something and turn it over.’ No. I’m saying ‘Let’s grow careers and add jobs.'”

Jobs are what drive Weber to continue taking risks.

“At my age I’m like ‘why should I do this anymore, why take this risk? If you have careers and jobs for people, communities and regions prosper.”

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