Why we bought this building
From a Dream to a Reality
In May the Board of Directors voted on a motion to offer to purchase the Strang
Depot building at 8001 Santa Fe, currently home to Suburban
Decorations After a few meeting with the owners, Jim and Kathy Oetting
they accepted our offer of $1,250,000. Barring the unforeseen, we will
close on the property in mid August and the Strang Depot will be safe
in our collective hands This is the biggest accomplishment for OPHS in
our twenty five year history, a long held dream of so many of us, and we are so
thankful to be in this position to finally take ownership of the first
commercial building William B Strang constructed in downtown
Overland Park As the downtown area continues to change and redevelop,
it is a great comfort to know that that this important structure will not face
demolition We will now have a permanent home from which we will be
able to house our daily operations and share our city’s history with visitors!
It was a bold decision the Board made, but we are confident it was a wise
decision and very much in keeping with our mission to preserve our
history and educate people about our founding We are working with the Bank of Blue Valley, which has offered financing. The Suburban Decorations building went on the market less than a year ago At that time, the asking price was at that time, the asking price was $1,625,000.
There were several inquiries, but no solid contracts were offered When we learned the Oettings
decided to close their family business this fall, we knew another listing was imminent. And this time there was no doubt the building would be sold. The other option was the possible demolition of the building, and the Board felt it was "now or never", and we decided NOW was the time to purchase. The plans are to relocate our current office there, converting some of the space for a future museum and possibly a tenant to offset expenses. We realize these are big plans but not preserving this historical building . Every donation is tax deductible!
WE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND THE INVITATION TO DONATE BECAUSE HISTORY IS A FOUNDATION FOR EVERY GENERATION TO KNOW.
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