Realtors scoop up space in ice cream shop
Two businesses soon will move into the home of the former Ice Cream Shop.
Greg Ward, who purchased the building from Jesse Smith after the Ice Cream Shop closed, has leased the property to Cross Creek Realty and Advantage Investors Mortgage Corp.
Steven Rosenthal, owner of Cross Creek, a franchise of J.C. Nichols, started his real estate business in Basehor six years ago. Since then, he's also opened the J.C. Nichols Leavenworth/Lansing and J.C. Nichols K-10 Corridor real estate offices. Now he's expanding his company to include Tonganoxie.
Rosenthal described the real estate business in Tonganoxie as great.
"That's the reason why we're starting a satellite office here," he said.
Ward, a Realtor with Cross Creek, who owns Logan Business Machines, Lawrence, said he also will have an office in the Tonganoxie location, at 104 W. Second.
Real estate is booming in Tonganoxie, said Ward, who also is a member of the Tonganoxie planning and zoning commission.
"I don't see how anyone can go wrong in investing in real estate here," he said. "Except if they don't buy."
Rosenthal mentioned the area's growth.
"It's a great, growing area, as well as a progressive area," he said.
Ward named three new subdivisions going up in the area, Eagle Valley, Stone Creek and South Park, that will provide open opportunities for Realtors.
Also, he noted he has a 60-acre tract off Smiley Road that he plans to develop in the future.
"So that all kind of fits into the equation," Ward said.