Archive for Thursday, February 17, 2005

Center welcomes first tenant

Gymnastics training center opens in private industrial park

February 17, 2005

Lansing Business Center has its first tenant, a gymnastics training center, and developers say more tenants are on the way.

All About Dreams Gymnas-tics opened Feb. 1 in a 5,000-square-foot building in the private industrial park on Gilman Road just east of Kansas Highway 7.

Gail Innis, owner of the center, said the lease on her former building was coming due when she learned about the Lansing Business Center location from Rich Holden, a parent of one of her students and a representative of Greenamyre Develop-ment Inc., owner of the center.

"This building was bigger, the building we were at didn't have air conditioning, and in the summertime its 100 degrees in these buildings, so it was very important that we upgrade," Innis said, explaining the move from her former building on South Fourth Street in Leavenworth.

Within the 5,000-square-foot building, which All About Dreams Gymnastics bills as the largest gymnastics training center in the area, is all of the equipment necessary for gymnastics training - a competition spring-loaded floor, a 40-foot tumble track, a pommel horse, uneven parallel bars, parallel bars, balance beams and rings - plus offices, a viewing area and exercise room for parents.

"They moved us out here. They did all of this," Innis said, gesturing about her new location.

Holden said getting a tenant in the 15-lot industrial park was important.

"There's just not a whole lot of visibility out here," Holden said. "To get a little snowball effect going, she got a great deal."

That snowball effect may be coming, too.

Holden said a karate academy was "about 99 percent" certain it would take up about 4,000 square feet of a 10,000-square-foot spec building also at the center.

Three Greenamyre-related businesses - American Roofing, Besel's Home Improvement Co. and Greenamyre Rentals - are "seriously looking at moving" into the Lansing Business Center, he said.

Meanwhile, the business park continues to market itself in area publications.

"We're still overcoming the perception that we're too far away from I-70 or 435 for being a distribution hub, as compared to the big industrial parks in Overland Park and Olathe. : That's a challenge we're slowly overcoming," Holden said.

Innis, who has built her gymnastics business up to about 60 clients and five employees, said the move has already been good for her. Already, she's talking about expanding her offerings to include, among other things, aerobics and summer camp.

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