Completion of the auxiliary gym and wrestling room addition at Chase County Schools was the largest construction project finished in Chase County during 2017. The auxiliary gym is being used for basketball practice and games. (Johnson Publications photo)
Last week, the varsity boys’ basketball team, was using the gym as concert preparations occupied the Longhorn gym. Eighth grader Cayden White, below right, makes his way through the addition’s hallway toward the east exit, which leads to the student parking lot. (Johnson Publications photo)
Eighth grader Cayden White, makes his way through the addition’s hallway toward the east exit, which leads to the student parking lot. (Johnson Publications photo)
New school addition highlights 2017 progress
Completion of the $3.3 million addition to Chase County highlights the investment in the future of Imperial and Chase County in 2017.
The new facility includes an auxiliary gym, a wrestling room, locker rooms and bathrooms.
The project launched in 2016 and was completed just after the school year began this fall.
The school board also voted to build a new bus barn on the northwest corner of the campus. While it’s not fully complete at this point, it will be operational in the new year.
With a new bus barn soon to be in place, the school board auctioned off the Wellington site and football field this fall.
Dustin Weiss purchased the building complex, which included the old bus barn, and Sam Kunnemann purchased the football field.
The total for building permits issued this year by the city came back to an average year after two years above $10 million.
This year’s permits totalled $4.5 million with $2.08 million in commercial construction and $2.42 million in residential construction.
The residential side was buoyed by the Dana Point Development project to add five new rental homes and one for sale in the Cornerstone Development on 3rd Street. Those permits totalled $1.12 million. Other new residential construction in Imperial hit $1.65 million.
On the commercial side, three new buildings were added in Cornerstone.
They included a building for Rusher Hardscapes & Sprinklers, a building for ACI Agency/Channel seed and a building going up by Scott Moser on the same lots his Scott’s Pump Service building burned this year.
The county is also building a new office building on the southeast corner of the fairgrounds for Extension and several other county agencies.
Five new businesses opened their doors in Imperial during 2017.
Nurse Practitioner Deaun Carpenter opened Myrtle Health LLC in April. It’s currently located in Koch Chiropractic office with plans to relocate downtown in early January to the building that formerly housed Prairie Dental.
In March Jamilah Bauerle opened her new business, Cornerstone Wellness Solutions. It too is located in the Koch office.
Dallas Baney opened Baney’s Appliance and Repair and is based in Champion.
Tyler Kerchal opened a storefront at 427 Broadway for for his leatherworks business, Kerchal Leatherworks.
Ryan Baker and his wife launched BAAM Multimedia.
The launching of five new businesses were offset with four businesses that closed in 2017: Prairie Dental, S & L Farms, B & B Sporting Goods and the Added Touch.