A look at the future of the Plains Furniture property

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Developers can now move forward on transforming the Plains Furniture building into “The Nolan” after Casper City Council members voted to approve the sale to Flag Development, LLC at Tuesday’s council meeting.

The Plains Furniture building in Casper, Wyo. on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019.

When finished, the property will have commercial and living spaces and a courtyard.

“What you’ll see is up to 18 new living spaces as well as commercial space that can house up to 50 new jobs and employees,” said Kevin Hawley of Flag Development, LLC.

He said plans are to restore the property, which gets its name from the original Nolan Chevrolet dealership.

“We’ll be taking down the 1970s addition and opening up that original 1920s motor pool and courtyard and the old mechanics shop from the Nolan Chevrolet,” he said.

Hawley helped develop David Street Station, which is on the same block as the Plains Furniture building. He said he thinks this new development can have a similar impact on downtown Casper and the Old Yellowstone District.

“This can be a catalyst project just like David Street Station that further spurs additional private investment in downtown and the Old Yellowstone District and I’ve got a sneaky suspicion that, just like David Street Station, in three years you’re going to come down here and you won’t recognize it again from today,” he said.

Hawley said construction should start in Jan. 2020, with the courtyard and first units opening that summer. It should take about two years to finish the entire project.