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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Old warehouse razed for hotel project

  • People may have noticed a change at the corner of Fourth and Choctaw streets in Leavenworth. An old warehouse building in that area has been demolished to make way for a hotel.
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  • People may have noticed a change at the corner of Fourth and Choctaw streets in Leavenworth. An old warehouse building in that area has been demolished to make way for a hotel.
    The former Clark Mechanical building, located at 405 Choctaw St., was demolished Monday, according to John Peterson.
    The local businessman owns the property but he's selling it to a developer who plans to build a Hampton Inn at that site.
    Peterson said Thursday that work continued at the site with metal being removed and bricks being stacked.
    Plans call for the construction of a hotel that will have around 77 rooms.
    A red brick building remains at the site. Jim Ecton, president of general contractor Level Builders, has said that building will be used as part of the hotel.
    Peterson's request for a permit for demolishing the former Clark Mechanical building had to be reviewed by the Leavenworth Preservation Commission. That's because the building was within the environs of the Downtown Historic District and the Leavenworth County Courthouse, which are on the National Register of Historic Places. Members of the commission voted in April not to block the permit.
    Peterson also sought to have his property to be rezoned as part of the planned hotel project.
    Members of the Leavenworth City Commission approved an ordinance Tuesday night that rezoned the property from light industrial use to what's known as Central Business District.
    Work has started on another hotel at the north end of the city by another developer. A Fairfield Inn & Suites is being built at Fourth Street and Metropolitan Avenue. The construction is expected to take about 10 months.

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