Child Start to open Head Start center in European Car Co. space

WICHITA — Late last year, Have You Heard? reported that European Car Co. owner David Leivian is leaving his almost 10,000-square-foot building at 1510 E. Second St.

At the time, he couldn’t say what would be moving into the space.

It’s Child Start, which will lease the building.

Jeff Englert, Scott Salome and Grant Glasgow with Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group handled the deal.

Leivian hasn’t announced where he’s moving yet.

Almost $2.5 million in grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are helping Child Start expand.

“We’re going to use this building for the very first of our Head Start centers that serve children zero up to five,” says Child Start executive director Teresa Rupp.

Currently, there are centers for preschoolers and other centers for infants and toddlers.

Rupp says it makes it a lot easier for parents who have more than one child to have children in the same place.

“It just made sense to do it,” Rupp says. “When this Recovery Act money came along, we said, ‘Oh, here’s our chance.’ ”

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European Car Co. to move; new business going in its East Second space

WICHITA — After being home to automobiles for decades, 1510 E. Second St. is going to house a new business in the new year.

“We’re not closing, we’re just changing,” says David Leivian, owner of European Car Co.

He’s moving his shop, though he’s not sure where to yet.

Leivian can’t say who is buying his 11,000-square-foot building, but the deal will close sometime in January or early February.

“We’re moving more off the beaten path,” he says of his business.

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