Progress in Logansport’s east end is moving forward with demolition plans for two former buildings.
The former Rural King store at the west edge of Cass Plaza will be torn down soon, Mayor Dave Kitchell said Thursday. A representative of Hamstra Group, the Indiana owner of the shopping center, has notified the city that it will be repurposed for future retail. The site, which originally housed 3-D and later Kmart before it transitioned to Rural King, has been vacant since Rural King moved to the former Walmart building on East Market Street.
The mayor said several potential uses for the property, including housing, have been discussed previously with Hamstra, but the mix with existing retail and fast casual dining at Cass Plaza continue to make the site a prime location for new business.
“This is a case of the existing building being obsolete for anything new to open, and Hamstra is doing the appropriate thing to encourage more future development in the shopping center and the city.”
A building permit also has been issued for the demolition of the former Taco Bell building across from Cass Plaza. The building, which had been used for a discount tobacco store, is expected to be torn down soon to make way for a fast food restaurant.
SOURCE: News release from the Office of Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell