Two prospective tenants will be making their pitches for the vacant Valley View Care Home, 2518 Ridge Ct., later this month.
United Way of Douglas County envisions the 26,000-square-foot building as a complex for social service agencies. Hannah's House, an agency that assists teen mothers, would use the building as a group home for clients.
Douglas County commissioners will hear those proposals at their Jan. 29 meeting, which will be at 9 a.m. in the Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts.
Commissioners reserve the right to halt tenant selection if they decide during the next few weeks that a new health agency facility being built next to Lawrence Memorial Hospital won't address all the space needs.
Barring a delay related to that project, commissioners agreed to follow a schedule for selecting a tenant and negotiating a lease by the end of February.
Kansas Innovation Corp., which earlier had expressed interest in converting the building into a business incubator, has withdrawn from tenant selection. Jake Maczuga, KIC's director, said the task of leasing out and managing unused space in the building was too daunting.