Daily Archives: July 19, 2013

You don’t say

“The wise (cracking) answer is it’s one of those Christo modern art things. … But actually it’s part of environmental remediation.”

John Philbrick, the city’s real estate administrator, on why the soon-to-be-demolished East Pike building at Kellogg and Webb Road is covered in plastic

Pett resigns from Wichita State University

UPDATED – Wichita State University’s director of the Center for Entrepreneurship has resigned.

Tim Pett, who was placed on administrative leave this spring, is already gone from the school, but the resignation is effective on Aug. 31.

“He is resigning, and we appreciate his service to the university,” says Cindy Claycomb, interim dean of the Barton School of Business.

Pett also has been a professor and the W. Frank Barton Distinguished Chair.

Neither Pett nor the university has commented on the reasons for his administrative leave.

Lou Heldman, who is the former interim director of WSU’s Elliott School of Communication, is the current acting director for the Center for Entrepreneurship.


Bruce Harris now sole owner of New Leaf Plaza; pawn store under construction again

UPDATED — Construction is once again under way at Bruce HarrisNew Leaf Plaza at the southwest corner of 21st and Amidon.

“The whole process has started over,” Harris says.

He and partner Larry Cook have gone separate ways, which halted construction since Cook also was the contractor.

“He was more of a sweat equity partner,” Harris says. “His view of (what) we were trying to accomplish was different than mine.”

Cook says he left on good terms with Harris.

“It wasn’t like a bad deal or anything,” Cook says. “Really, it was just a disagreement, and we decided to part ways. We agreed to disagree, you might say.”

Cook adds that he thinks highly of Harris.

“Maybe just leave it at that.”

Harris says Cook is a developer and looks at a project as “how cheap can you get it done and sell it to somebody else and walk away?”

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