The phones starting ringing at City Hall in the planning department hours after voters approved the city's updated zoning ordinance April 8.
The first retailers in the Lake Lorraine development plan to be open by the end of the year, and conversations with prospective national retailers have started.
Van Buskirk Cos. is developing the Heather Ridge Office Park at 6320 S. Western Ave. It's behind the Heather Ridge Village office and retail center southeast of 69th Street and Western Avenue.
If you build it, they will come. But in the case of the new Lake Lorraine commercial development, retailers are coming before the first strip mall is even built.
Two businesses have leased the final spaces at the Remington Pointe retail center at 69th Street and Western Avenue.
When Van Buskirk Cos. planned The Bridges at 57th lifestyle center, the idea didn’t focus on attracting female entrepreneurs.
The first tenants of the Remington Pointe retail center will open this month as others prepare to start businesses later this year.
Throughout its history, Van Buskirk Companies has developed safe, beautiful properties with an eye on the future. “The thing we really like about this business is that, when we’re all done with everything, and the grass is growing in the yard, and the people are living in their homes, we can drive down the street and feel that we did a good job, we feel satisfied,” says Steve Van Buskirk. “There is something physical we left behind that is going to be of enduring value.”