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Kitchen Design Center plans a downtown project

Kitchen Design Center plans downtown project

REAL ESTATE

CAROL WOOD
FORT COLLINS — A planned office building in the 200 block of Remington Street in Fort Collins will provide not only a new home for the Kitchen Design Center, but also 3,048 square feet of additional office space in the downtown area.
Bob and Sally Castner, in their ninth year as owners of Kitchen Design Center, hope to break ground on the new facility in March.
The building, 4,788 square feet in total, will be constructed on the last infill lot in the 200 block of Remington and should be complete this summer.
For the past six years, the Kitchen Design Center has been in 830 square feet at 140 W. Oak St.
"Parking has been a problem," said Bob Castner, adding that the firm also needs more elbow room.
Additionally, the $9 per square foot rent soon will go to $14 per square foot.
"We looked at several different options, and this seemed to make the most sense," said Castner, a certified kitchen designer and licensed contractor.
Steve Stansfield, a broker at Realtec Commercial Real Estate Services Inc., helped the Castners find the property.
The Kitchen Design Center will take the 1,740-square-foot main floor and sublease the 1,548-square-foot second story and 1,500-square-foot garden level.
"We˜d prefer a single tenant on the upper and lower floors," Castner said.
The move also will allow for the hiring of one more full-time employee. In addition to Bob and Sally, the company now has one full-time employee and two part-timers.
The new facility will sport enough showroom space to add a bathroom display and working kitchen.
"We may offer some cooking classes," Castner said.
The new building was designed by Bud Frick of W.J. Frick Design Group P.C. in Fort Collins, and Castner hopes to contract it himself.
The Kitchen Design Center does about half its business in new-home construction and the rest in remodeling. Most of the Castners˜ work is within a 50-mile radius of Fort Collins.
"Kitchen and bathroom remodels are an investment," Castner said.Connecting Point expands
CHEYENNE — Connecting Point is moving from its cramped Dell Range location to a new, larger facility at 3219 E. Pershing Blvd. and is becoming the new Connecting Point Computer Solutions superstore in the process.
"The new building offers nearly 1,200 square feet of showroom, plus a huge service area and complete training facility," Greathouse said. "Anyone who has been in our old location on Dell Range knows how we˜ve seriously outgrown that space."
Greathouse said the new facility will improve his company˜s ability to offer computer sales, service, support and training to Cheyenne˜s business community. Highlights include a much larger showroom, a "gargantuan, monstrous service facility" with 12 benches, a state-of-the-art training facility and a config room.
With businesses comprising roughly 85 percent of his business, Greathouse is especially excited about having the space both for training and for assembling and configuring business systems.
Connecting Point˜s new location is between SafeCard and Buttrey Food in a strip mall it has been using for computer training sessions. Opening was scheduled for Jan. 5.Sales & leases
The Salvation Army finalized its purchase of 518 N. Loomis Ave. in Fort Collins from Robert Warren. The 20,250-square-foot building cost $500,000. The sale was handled by Steve Stansfield of Realtec Commercial Real Estate Services Inc. and Linda Chapman of Home Builders Marketing Group.Dennis E. Curran of The Business Report˜s Wyoming bureau contributed to this report.Carol Wood can be reached at (970) 221-5400, (970) 356-1683, (800) 440-3506 or via e-mail at carolwood@ncbr.com.

Kitchen Design Center plans downtown project

REAL ESTATE

CAROL WOOD
FORT COLLINS — A planned office building in the 200 block of Remington Street in Fort Collins will provide not only a new home for the Kitchen Design Center, but also 3,048 square feet of additional office space in the downtown area.
Bob and Sally Castner, in their ninth year as owners of Kitchen Design Center, hope to break ground on the new facility in March.
The building, 4,788 square feet in total, will be constructed on the last infill lot in the 200 block of Remington and should be complete…

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