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Lisa Burke and Muriel Clark of the CVB are organizing a move.
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New home for the CVB
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Conceptual drawing of drive in bank
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New home downtown for hospital offices

Preliminary steps are underway for a new four-lane drive-up bank at the corner of Dewey and Francis, the current home of the Lincoln County Convention and Visitorís Bureau.

The staff of the convention and visitorís bureau is in the process of moving. And, on Tuesday, the North Platte City Council approved dividing the lot into two parcels.

The lot is also home to the Howard Johnsonís motel, which may or may not move. Developer Mark Wilkinson said everything is in preliminary stages. Even though a drive up bank could be built right on the corner, according to council documents, Wilkinson said that deal is not sealed, as he and the bank explore some of their options.

The CVB will move out by Oct. 15, moving most of their things Oct. 11-12, Executive Director Lisa Burke told the Bulletin Tuesday. The new location will be in a building south of I-80 which also is home to Red Roof Antiques in a former K-Mart building. The building was also occupied by the U.S. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.

Wilkinson agreed to pay all costs of the CVB move and the rent will remain the same, he said.

Another business at Dewey and Francis, Attitudes Hair Salon, is moving now to the Westfield shopping plaza.

The subdivided lot also opens up the possibility of a mini-plaza, but plans are still preliminary to any construction, Wilkinson told the Bulletin.


In other development news, some of the offices at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center will move downtown to East Fifth, into a Wilkinson building that was most recently the home of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Offices inside that building are being reshaped to suit the new tenants. The lease officially begins on Nov. 1 and will last four years, with an option to renew, Wilkinson said.

The hospital offices are moving to get out of the path of construction during a $100 million expansion that began in August.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 10/3/2012
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