Archive for Wednesday, October 3, 2001

Baldwin building is bustling

October 3, 2001

Construction is nearing completion on all of the three newest buildings along U.S. Highway 56.

FireTree Plaza, 10th and Ames streets, the Medicine Lodge, Fifth and Ames streets, and the Baldwin City Market, Eighth and Ames streets, which will each house several businesses, should all be finished by the end of the year.

Contractor Ron Lawrenz, Lawrenz Construction, said there wasn't much work left on the Medicine Lodge.

"It's gone pretty well," he said. "Basically, it's almost done. We're still doing a little landscaping out front, but it's pretty much done."

The Medicine Lodge will be home to Rodrock Chiropractic, Barker Family Pharmacy and Dr. Kevin Hughes as part of Stormont Vail of Topeka. There is one retail space that is currently unoccupied.

Hughes practice, which has been open in the Stormont Vail section for a few weeks, is the first of the three businesses to open. The Stormont Vail space, which is 3,800 square feet, was built for two doctors, Lawrenz said.

"At some point, we plan to add another doctor in there with Dr. Hughes," he said.

Rodrock Chiropractic and Barker Family Pharmacy, 1,550 square feet each, should open at the beginning of October, Lawrenz said.

But the Medicine Lodge isn't the only building with a business open in it.

The Baldwin Athletic Club is the first business to open at the FireTree Plaza.

"The work out floor area is open," contractor Ken Hayes, Cornerstone Construction, said. "Right now we're putting the finishing touches on the tanning bed areas and locker rooms."

Accompanying the Baldwin Athletic Club at the FireTree Plaza will be Neu Physical Therapy, the sandwich shop Mr. Goodcents, and Santa Fe Laundry, a coin-operated laundry mat.

Hayes said Mr. Goodcents should be open in 60 days and Santa Fe Laundry should be open in 30 to 45 days. New Physical Therapy is nearing completion.

"It's going very well," he said.

But once all of the businesses are open at FireTree Plaza won't mean the construction's complete.

"There's still room between there and (Mid America) Bank," Hayes said. "Once there's full occupancy, we're going to be building another structure, but there's no time frame on that yet."

Mid America Buildings construction company is working to get the Dollar General open at the new Baldwin City Market by the end of this month, Jeff Simpson, owner of Baldwin City Market, said.

"They are actually working to get that completed before Baldwin City Market is," Simpson said.

Dollar General will be adjacent to the new Baldwin City Market, which Simpson said will be open by the beginning of January at the latest.

"It is a little behind," he said. "The weather kind of put them back. That and they're trying to get Dollar General open."

But despite the delays, he said he thought construction on the Baldwin City Market was going well.

Simpson said Roberts Drugstore and a branch of the Baldwin State Bank are two businesses that will also be a part of the new Baldwin City Market.

Simpson said he thought adding other businesses inside the Baldwin City Market would be more convenient for people.

"It's an added service having the bank and the pharmacy in the store," Simpson said. "Everyone will be able to do everything at one time."

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