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Dillons, cookie store among new projects in city
News and notes from the Lawrence development scene:• Westside residents soon will have another option to satisfy their sweet tooth. Eileen’s Colossal Cookies, a small franchise of cookie stores, plans to open at Sixth and Wakarusa in January. Details on the exact location at the intersection weren’t listed on the company’s Web site, and an attempt to reach the local representative for the company wasn’t immediately successful. According to the Web site, the Nebraska-based company offers at least a dozen different flavors of cookies and has more than 600 designs to decorate the cookies. • Keep an eye on the Massachusetts Street Dillons store. Paperwork has been submitted to the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Office that would allow a small apartment building at 1725 N.H. to be torn down to make way for an expanded parking lot at the grocery store. The lot would be immediately north of the store. • East Lawrence may be getting a large, new office building. A site plan and rezoning request have been filed that would allow a new 12,500-square-foot office building to be constructed next to Sunshine Acres Montessori School, 2141 Maple Lane. The building would house offices for TFI Family Services, the organization that provides foster care services and other child welfare assistance in the region. TFI Family Services, which previously was The Farm Inc., bought the Sunshine Acres Montessori School about one year ago. The property included a vacant lot next to the school. The new office building — which probably wouldn’t be built until 2010, if it wins all the necessary city approvals — would be about twice the size of the rented office space the organization has at 910 W. 24th St. • A new business appears to be headed into the former Play It Again Sports location at 1029 Mass. A site plan has been filed to remodel the building. The site plan application doesn’t identify the future tenant, but according to a sign it will be home to Nargile Lounge, an authentic Turkish Hookah Lounge that had been operating in the Hillcrest Shopping Center at Ninth and Iowa.