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Investor has plans for former outlet mall

Part of shopping center may become mini-storage

May 10, 2010

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There’s a new vision on tap for the area that once was counted on to be Lawrence’s hot retail area.

Plans have been filed at City Hall to convert large portions of the former Tanger Factory Outlet Mall in North Lawrence into indoor mini-storage units.

“We’re just trying to do something to encourage some more business activity over in North Lawrence,” said Topeka investor Kent Lindemuth, who has signed a contract to purchase the roughly 100,000-square-foot shopping center along Interstate 70 near the East Lawrence interchange.

Lindemuth said he may convert up to 40,000 square feet of the center to mini-storage units. He said switching to the mini-storage business would not prompt any modifications to facades of the buildings. Customers would access units from the rear of the buildings.

The project will require the entire center to be rezoned from a planned commercial development district to more traditional commercial strip zoning.

The rezoning could open up some possibilities beyond mini-storage. Sandra Day, a planner with Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department, said the current zoning places restrictions on the number and size of bars and restaurants that can locate in the center. The new zoning would expand those uses.

Lindemuth said he’s open to a variety of development options in the center, but he doesn’t envision it returning to a mall-like setting anytime soon.

“We’ll try to encourage of mix of retail and office over there,” Lindemuth said. “We think the storage business will give people an opportunity to come over to an area of town that they may not be doing business in right now.”

Tanger Factory Outlets were built in 1993 and once housed upward of 25 stores. But by 1998, the property was up for sale. By 2003, the last of the mall’s original retailers had closed, and the focus had changed to attracting office users.

Lindemuth — who owns about 100 commercial properties across northeast Kansas — said he wants to keep the current tenants in the center, which include the corporate headquarters for the security firm Protection One, the local Kansas driver’s license office and a customer service center for a national home oxygen business.

Lindemuth is purchasing the property from I-70 Business Center LLC, a local group led by Lawrence businessman Bo Harris, according to filings with the Kansas Secretary of State’s office. Terms of the pending deal were not disclosed.

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parrothead8 3 years, 11 months ago

“We think the storage business will give people an opportunity to come over to an area of town that they may not be doing business in right now.”

To do what? Hang out at Protection One? Wait in line at the drivers' license office? Look at the outside of other people's storage units?

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months ago

mini storage = warehousing

Guess we better keep an eye on this project to be sure taxes are getting paid.

Otherwise city hall will want to raise taxes and user fees top cover what developers and property managers are NOT paying.

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blue73harley 3 years, 11 months ago

Go really upscale by adding a check cashing/payday loan store, adult video store, seedy bar, bail bonds place, etc.

Nah, this might be too much competition for the strip mall at 19th and Haskell.

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toe 3 years, 11 months ago

A great place to store drugs, stolen goods, and illegals right off the turnpike. Good thinking.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 11 months ago

So, that survey the other day about what to do with the Tanger Mall was just that, again yet another worthless J/w survey.

Will these storage units be climate controlled and accessible 24hours a day? The parking lot though is plenty big for storage unit sales when the fees aren't paid.

Welcome to Lawrence, the gateway to the center flanked by a storage unit building. All of this talk about improving north Lawrence. I wouldn't be surprised if some place in the facility there doesn't end up being an out of date food store. Topeka has several in warehouse areas.

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susanneg 3 years, 11 months ago

thanks puddle for shedding some light under the table!

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 11 months ago

Hope this guy is smart enough to salvage some indoor space for use as an auction house,. Lawrence doesn't have diddly squat anymore to have auctions at, except the cow barns at the fairgrounds. There is a need for a big, bu^&^t auction house rightoff the interstate, but hen I doubt that this dude will do it, as they tend to have small minds and cataract vision.

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macon47 3 years, 11 months ago

the folks in north lawrence dont need no storage they got sheds, barns and them big blue tarps to cover up thier stuff

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g_rock 3 years, 11 months ago

I still say that we should sell it to Doug.

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matthewjherbert 3 years, 11 months ago

here are the facts: he owes more than $2 million on over 200 properties. He owns 3 tax delinquent holding companies. His quote when asked why he hasn't paid...."We are just holding our own little tea party".

Thanks Lawrence, this is JUST the guy we need!

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geekyhost 3 years, 11 months ago

He can build whatever mini storage he wants to build, so long as he doesn't get any tax breaks for doing it.

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 11 months ago

Did he get the strip club to move out of his Zona Grossa project @ 29th & Fairlawn?

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Boston_Corbett 3 years, 11 months ago

With such great access to I-70, the drug smugglers would be stupid to not utilize. The climate controls will be good for the inventory.

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Kontum1972 3 years, 11 months ago

Boooooooooooooooo......!....lets make it one BIG nightclub/texting bar.

THATS THE TICKET!

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

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Pilgrim2 3 years, 11 months ago

Not exactly retail, so this might work.

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napoleon969 3 years, 11 months ago

Before Lawrence gets too excited that Kent Lindemuth is coming to the rescue it would be a good idea for your city fathers to check into how far and how much Mr. Lindemuth is behind on this taxes in Topeka. The man has BIG plans but I don't think those plans include paying his taxes in a timely manner.

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easyliving 3 years, 11 months ago

Kent has a lot of irons in the fire, but he is trying new things in Topeka. He has good ideas and plans in place for many of his properties.
I'm not sure if mini storage is the answer for that property in Lawrence...but I don't see a line of people wanting to purchase the property with plans for a retail outlet either. Worse case scenario: It becomes a vacant mini storage facility.

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Mark Thompson 3 years, 11 months ago

Before you go singing this "developer's" praises, you might want to look into his business dealings in Topeka.

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Kirk Larson 3 years, 11 months ago

So we built a mall to buy cheap cr@p and got a place to store all the cheap cr@p we really didn't need in the first place. Is that progress?

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matthewjherbert 3 years, 11 months ago

the headline of that article needs to be outwardly pessimistic so the reader knows exactly what to expect upon entering. There is NOTHING optimistic about a giant storage facility development in our town. I'll take an empty shopping mall over a storage facility.

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monkfellow 3 years, 11 months ago

and YOUR development plan is..............................................................................................

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g_rock 3 years, 11 months ago

Nothing draws folks off the interstate and into Lawrence to spend their money like....ministorage? Really?

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Benjamin Roberts 3 years, 11 months ago

“We’ll try to encourage of mix of retail and office over there,” Lindemuth said. “We think the storage business will give people an opportunity to come over to an area of town that they may not be doing business in right now.”

It sounds like Lindermuth is a successful businessman. I do hope he has done his homework on this. The typical mini-storage draws 60% of its customers from within 1.5 miles. That provides a small population base for the location. However, the draw will increase if they make it fully climate-controlled storage.

Good luck. It would be good to see revitalization in North Lawrence.

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50YearResident 3 years, 11 months ago

I don't think I would like to have a storage box on the dark side of that mall, next to the RR tracks. It may not be safe even during daylight hours and certainly not after dark.

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barrypenders 3 years, 11 months ago

There isn't any 'Free Market' economic growth in N. Lawernce because of the 'Big Government' restrictive Turnpike.

Any Questions.

Stimulus, Big Government Economic Stranglehold, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

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puddleglum 3 years, 11 months ago

as long as they are progressive liberal mini-storage units, then I can live with that.

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YouPeopleAreCrazy 3 years, 11 months ago

Nothing says progress like mini-storage units!

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