Century-old Hartman Hardware building in downtown Shawnee to get ‘new’ old look

The Shawnee Planning Commission has approved facade changes to the downtown building that houses Hartman Hardware, Zimmerman Law and Shawnee Shoe Repair and Tayloring. The new look is intended to resemble the way downtown looked a hundred years ago. Image courtesy Box Real Estate Development.

Box Real Estate Development, the developer who just purchased the Hartman Hardware building and adjacent properties in downtown Shawnee, is planning to restore and revise the facade to the century-old structure.

The Shawnee Planning Commission on Monday voted 10-0 to approve the facade revisions, which include adding a rooftop patio and designs that resemble the original design of the building. Commissioner Bruce Bienhoff was absent.

Russell Pearson, owner of Box Real Estate Development, said the rooftop patio will be located above the current Hartman Hardware business, which he plans to convert into a restaurant and bar space.