Daily Archives: Aug. 24, 2012

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“It’s the kind of stuff I guess you would expect a billionaire to construct. It’s like something out of a ‘Gunsmoke’ movie set.”

Ramon Reed, a planning commissioner in Colorado, quoted in the Denver Post about a faux Old West town that Bill Koch built

Ruben’s Mexican Grill is moving by spring, most likely within Delano

WICHITA — Ruben’s Mexican Grill is moving – again – but probably not far.

Almost a decade ago, Ruben & Anita’s Tacos left the Farm & Art Market in Old Town for a new home in Delano. Ruben Acosta changed the restaurant’s name and opened near the northwest corner of Douglas and McLean.

Now, he’s negotiating to take space at the northwest corner of Douglas and Osage, which is just down Douglas in Delano.

“We’re still kind of like maybe a month out from really knowing,” says Omar Acosta, Ruben Acosta’s son.

Omar Acosta says “we’re kind of getting kicked out” due to the restaurant’s rent getting tripled. Ruben’s subleases space from Valero. Phil Ruffin owns the property.

“It’ll be a good change,” Acosta says. “I don’t think anybody really minds having to move. It’s just the process of having to do it.”

The restaurant’s lease is up in April.

Chris Ruffin, who handles real estate for his father’s properties, says the Douglas and McLean property is “up for redevelopment.”

“We’re looking into it,” he says.

Anything new is at least a year away. Ruffin says he’s considering options for what to do there.

“I haven’t made any plans.”

Augusta Municipal Airport to add condos

Lloyd Partin of the Augusta Municipal Airport, which is going to be getting new private hangar condos.

UPDATED — When Lloyd Partin took over as manager of the Augusta Municipal Airport a year ago, he says there were 20 open T-hangars and space in the main community hangar.

That’s changed.

“Everything’s full,” Partin says.

Partin is working with Michael Dunn of the Denver-based Aviation Development Group to build private hangar condos at the airport.

He decided to do it after querying the local market to see if he should add more hangars.

“We sent out feelers essentially to see if there is pent-up demand,” Partin says. “We got a pretty good response back from people saying, yeah, we’re pretty interested.”

First, Partin considered having the airport build more hangars in addition to its 70 T-hangars and community hangar.

“That’s something we’ve been beating our head on the wall looking at,” Partin says.

He says the expense is too great.

Private condos make sense, Partin says, but he says there’s been a misperception about the ability for private development at the airport.

“I don’t know how that got miscommunicated over the years, but that’s what we’re hearing,” he says. “That’s the farthest thing from the truth there is.”

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