Cronemeyer makes plans for former antique shop
Once Billy Jacks Antiques closes later this summer, owners Billy Jack and Joan Cronemeyer will turn the downtown building over to their son, Jack.
"We are going to redo the front of it, and I'm thinking that we're going to put the old feed store sign back up, on the top of the building," the younger Cronemeyer said. "We're going to put our office in it and probably lease some office space."
It's likely, he said, work could begin next month. The timetable depends on how busy he is with two other construction projects: Rock Ridge Apartments on Ridge Street in northeast Tonganoxie and Lawrence Bank, at Clinton Parkway and Kasold Drive in Lawrence. He hopes to complete the bank building by the end of this month.
Cronemeyer said he plans to retain ownership of the apartments, and he hopes to use the antique store building at 416 E. Fourth as the apartment rental office, as well as headquarters for his construction business. He said the first of the apartments would be completed this fall, perhaps by Oct. 1. They will feature a western look, that will include tin, rock, pine logs and Mexican tile as construction materials.