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Business owner Jennifer LaRoche opened her buildings that are in the process of renovation, to the public for what was called a “Sneak Peek” on Dec. 18.
The buildings are located at 10 and 12 E. Wall St.
The building which most recently housed the Fort Scott Tribune newspaper office, has been empty for a few years.
In January, the easternmost, one-story building at 12 E. Wall is slated to become the new location of Common Ground Coffee Company. The dimensions of the building are approximately 30 foot by 100 feet, LaRoche said
The coffee shop has two restrooms and a conference room along with an open space for drinking coffee and having a meal.
In addition, there is an outdoor seating area with a stage that is in the back of the adjacent building that will be a part of the coffee shop. The outdoor seating will be accessed through an opening in the coffee shop.
Vicki Waldron will remain the manager of Common Ground.
10 E. Wall
At 10 E. Wall which is next on the list for completion, there will be an office on the first floor for LaRoche, upstairs there will be two apartments and E 3 Ranch Offices. On the National Avenue side of the building will be three storefronts, she said.
“I don’t know what is going in there yet,” LaRoche said.
Casper Enterprise, Stoughton Inc., Allen Electric, Extrusions Inc. and Mid-Continental Restoration Co. have all done work for LaRoche on the project.
LaRoche: Not Done Renovating
LaRoche said she will take a break following the completion of the renovation project.
But she is not done renovating.
“I really love uncovering all the things people have covered up,” LaRoche said. “I love making it look like it did in the pictures 100 years ago.