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Twotrees Technologies in the first tenant in the new Firestone Place

Monday, July 15 2013 12:00 AM

Twotrees Technologies in the first tenant in the new Firestone Place

Published By: The Wichita Eagle

By: Carrie Rengers

UPDATED — The former Automobilia space at the northeast corner of First and Emporia is getting a new life along with some new tenants.

“It’s kind of something we’ve been looking at for a long time because we’ve got a vested interest in our property across the street,” says Brad Saville, president and CEO of Landmark Commercial Real Estate.

The Landmark office is across the street on the southeast corner. Saville and two others formed 2point LLC to redevelop the former Automobilia space. They’re calling it Firestone Place.

Saville thinks the original occupant of the building was a Firestone tire dealership. He’s still trying to learn more about it.

“I’m really interested in the history of it.”

SBA Construction and Innovative Construction Service are remodeling the 8,271-square-foot space. Features include exposed brick, open ceilings and easy-access parking.

There’s room for three tenants in the building. Landmark’s Craig Simon and Scott Harper are handling the deals.

One, Susie and Jim Smith’s Twotrees Technologies, is signed.

The 30-year-old company, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tulsa-based Woodard Technology & Investments, provides Internet management for school systems. Currently, it’s in the Equity Bank building at Kellogg and Rock Road.

“We just wanted to move down where there’s more entertainment options,” Susie Smith says. She says downtown will be better for entertaining clients.

The company is taking 3,800 square feet, which is about the size it’s in now. The move probably will happen in October.

“We’re an old company,” Smith says. “Been around a long time. We’re looking to refresh our image and our look.”

She says she and her husband want a “more vibrant community” and a “more hip area.”

“We’re looking forward to being part of the downtown community.”

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