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Carpenters' Union Local 201 to consolidate office and training center on East Kellogg

03/12/2013 5:00 AM

03/12/2013 6:46 AM

WICHITA — The Carpenters' Union Local 201 will consolidate its office and training center into one site by the end of this year.

Last year, the union purchased the former Circuit City space at 8405 E. Kellogg near the entrance to I-35.

"We are remodeling it now so that we can move our local union office over there and open a training center," says Martin Walter, general counsel for the Carpenters' District Council of Greater St. Louis & Vicinity.

Tracy Alan Norris, who owns iFurn.com and PainReliever.com among other companies, used to own the building and still leases 10,000 square feet there.

"The plan is that initially we're going to occupy about 16,000 to 18,000 square feet," Walter says.

He says they'll leave the rest of the space for future expansion of the training center.

Currently, the union's office is at 2610 S. Seneca. Its training center is at 1225 W. Carey Lane. Walter says the union leases the office space and owns the approximately 6,000-square-foot training space.

"We'll probably be looking to sell that."

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