Friday, October 31, 2014

Business finds home in former Crist Auto space

By The Herald Staff | 1/27/2014

New tenants have moved into part of the former Crist Auto building near the intersection of K-68 and I-35.

“TelCom Construction has leased part of the property formerly known as Crist Auto on the northwest corner of I-35 and K-68, Ottawa,” Gary Underwood, president of Underwood Equipment and owner of the property, said in a press release. “TelCom has about a third of the building, and plans are underway for us to update the building as we continue efforts to lease the remaining square footage.”

New tenants have moved into part of the former Crist Auto building near the intersection of K-68 and I-35.

“TelCom Construction has leased part of the property formerly known as Crist Auto on the northwest corner of I-35 and K-68, Ottawa,” Gary Underwood, president of Underwood Equipment and owner of the property, said in a press release. “TelCom has about a third of the building, and plans are underway for us to update the building as we continue efforts to lease the remaining square footage.”

TelCom is a full-service utility contractor providing services in all areas of utilities construction, the press release said. TelCom will only be leasing a portion of the 31,000 square foot building, 2515 E. Logan St., Ottawa, the release said, while the rest of the building remains available for long-term lease.

“The lobby and offices are available for someone interested in display space outside,” Underwood said. “The entire west half, [16,000 square feet] of the building is also available for long-term lease.”

TelCom deals in all areas of utilities construction — from hundreds of feet to hundreds of miles, according to the release, offering aerial and underground construction and wireless telecom services. The company has offices in Houston, Phoenix, Omaha, Neb., Sioux Falls, S.D., and Clearwater, Minn.

“Our company has contracts in the area and we are very pleased to be located in Franklin County,” Mark Muller, TelCom Construction president, said in the release. “We have 20 local employees and look forward to adding more as we grow. Our preference is to hire and train locally and interested parties should contact our Ottawa office for current opportunities. We have a multi-year lease with Underwood’s company, and we feel the location will allow us to be a part of growth projected for the area surrounding the Intermodal.”

Crist Auto and RV Sales closed in late 2011 after the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office executed a district court order to assist plaintiff Arvest Bank in reclaiming property from Crist Auto on Nov. 23, 2011.

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