A scenic parcel of Roseville land formerly owned by Hewlett-Packard could end up helping needy people in faraway locales.
The HP Co. Foundation said Friday it is putting 188 acres of open land near Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Roseville campus up for sale, with proceeds likely to be used for humanitarian relief or to foster education programs. The undeveloped site is west of Hewlett-Packard's campus at 8000 Foothills Blvd.
The HP Co. Foundation awards grants for humanitarian relief in communities hit by disaster, matches employee giving and supports projects to improve education. While there currently is no list price for the Roseville land, the foundation typically funnels such sale proceeds to efforts worldwide.
Michael Thacker, a spokesman for Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, released a statement Friday saying that the 188-acre parcel "was donated to the HP Co. Foundation in 2009. HP no longer has any ownership interest in this undeveloped parcel of land.
"The HP Co. Foundation is in the process of placing this land on the market for sale. Proceeds from any potential sale will go towards the HP Co. Foundation, and will support their efforts."
Over the years, the foundation has worked with various organizations to deliver millions of dollars in aid to nations that include Haiti, Chile, China, New Zealand, Europe, Pakistan and India.
The Roseville property, in an area designated for light industrial use, is being marketed by the Sacramento office of Cushman & Wakefield.
Asked if the land sale was any indication of the state of HP's Roseville operations, Thacker said: "No, not at all. It's strictly for the foundation."
The land is part of 500 acres HP bought in Roseville in 1978 as it was looking for room outside its Silicon Valley core. The HP campus opened on a portion of the land in 1980, and by the 1990s employed nearly 6,500 workers in distribution, customer service, manufacturing and other functions.
But over the last decade or more HP has been contracting operations in Roseville, and had no plans to use more acreage.
In 2003, HP bought rival PC maker Compaq Corp. and moved 500 manufacturing jobs from Roseville to a Compaq site in Houston. By 2010, city of Roseville finance officials said the HP Roseville site employed fewer than 3,200.
In October last year, Sacramento-based Sutter Health announced it will move its Northern California operations into a 300,000-square-foot building at 9100 Foothills Blvd. that used to be occupied by HP but was sold in 2011.