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White Lakes Mall set to be demolished, connected business ‘relieved’

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Topeka Metropolis Council determined the destiny of the vacant White Lakes Mall constructing Tuesday evening.

The council unanimously voted to approve the demolition of the constructing. It’s a choice that has many relieved and anticipating the longer term.

Many are desirous to see the White Lakes Mall constructing come down, however not as a lot as COO of Mainline Printing, John Parker, Jr.

Mainline Printing is linked to the property.

“We admire the council stepping up and doing the fitting factor and serving to the town transfer on from what has turn out to be an especially harmful and blighted property,” stated Parker Jr.

Parker Jr. says the chance of a enterprise linked to an empty constructing grew to become clear to him after a devastating fireplace final 12 months.

“The fireplace on December twenty ninth, 2020 shut us down for 24 hours,” stated Parker Jr. “Thank God for the Topeka Hearth Division, they did an incredible job of placing the hearth out and we didn’t expertise any harm, however that type of uncertainty injected right into a enterprise is tough to cope with.”

The charred stays now current a number of challenges for the enterprise.

“The mall has reached a situation when it comes to security hazard for our staff, a enterprise threat for our firm, and it has turn out to be such an eye-sore for the town of Topeka.”

The council’s sentiments have been that the tip of 1 Topeka enterprise’s historical past, supplies the chance for extra to develop.

“Occupied with including on to our constructing whether or not its the east or north has all the time been a nervous dialog as a result of we don’t know what’s going to occur and so the puzzle piece of the mall going away is a giant deal for us.”

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