The condemned old Ottawa Middle School is being turned into housing for older citizens.
Jose Sanchez, manager at El Mezcal in Ottawa, sweeps the sidewalk before the noon rush. Many Lawrence businesses like El Mezcal, Henery T's and The Sandbar, have opened another location in Ottawa as the small Kansas community is growing.
Henery T's, a longtime Lawrence sports bar, saw the growth in Ottawa and is one of three Lawrence businesses that have opened another location in the growing community.
The old sign of the Plaza Theater hangs the same as it did the day it opened, giving a sparkle to the downtown store fronts.
Ottawa's real estate is keeping up with the demand while agents like Kathy Wilson show homes to people like Brenda Martin of Baldwin. The price of a new home in Ottawa starts around $155,000.
Ottawa is growing and major businesses like Wal-Mart are helping the growth as a major warehouse for the company sits just outside the small Kansas community 10,000.
Downtown Ottawa boasts buildings going back to the early 1800's, but it is quickly becoming a town of 21st century while businesses like Wal-Mart and American Eagle have added to the small town's ecomony.
American Eagle, a business that once considered a home in Lawrence, expanded its warehouse in Ottawa.
Doug Reinert, who works for the Ottawa Parks Department, waters plants in front of one of two new signs that welcome people to Ottawa.
Doug Reinert, who works for the Ottawa Parks Department, waters plants in front of one of two new signs that welcomes people to Ottawa.