A sign on a piece of land near Clinton Parkway and Wakarusa Drive reads: Future expansion of Warren-McElwain Mortuary. However, it may be five to 10 years before the project is completed.
Larry McElwain, president and co-owner of the mortuary, said he and Phil Padden, co-owner, purchased the property in 1992 to stay ahead of the construction boom in west Lawrence.
"We feel that eventually Lawrence will need another location," he said. "But it may be five to 10 years down the line depending on when it becomes necessary."
McElwain said second site will house a chapel, visitation area and offices. The administration, preparation of the body and other traditional mortuary functions will remain at the firm's downtown location, 120 W. 13th, where it has been for 25 years.
McElwain said the name will remain the same at the branch but may be identified as the West Chapel.
Overland Park hospital
changes its name
Overland Park Regional Medical Center has changed its name to Columbia Overland Park Regional Medical Center to promote the hospital's identification with its owner, Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.
Similar name changes are being made throughout Columbia's 340-hospital system.
Hospital officials said the signs will be changed on the building by mid-year.
Columbia/HCA, based in Nashville, Tenn., is the country's largest publicly traded hospital chain.