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Crossland Construction leases downtown STD building

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As it works on a $50 million apartment complex across the street, Crossland Construction Co. Inc. is leasing the downtown STD Flea Market building.

It means a two-year hiatus for the 505 E. Trafficway St. flea market, said co-owner Shawn Gott.

“We were going to take a pretty significant hit in traffic for sure,” he said of the construction work, which is just yards away from the flea market.

STD Flea Market plans to close down at the end of the month. At the close of the Crossland Construction lease, the plan is for STD to return, Gott said, noting the company’s other flea market at 1820 E. Trafficway St. would remain open. The downtown STD building also has served as a rental site for private events.

Lance Garrett, vice president of Crossland Construction’s Springfield division, said the company signed a two-year lease for undisclosed terms to occupy the 20,000-square-foot STD property. It’ll be used as a “job-site trailer,” he said. Springfield Business Journal in September reported California-based developer College Town International LLC hired Crossland for the 225,000-square-foot housing complex at the site of the former Arbor motel on St. Louis Street.

“The job goes curb to curb, street to street. There’s no lay-down area,” Garrett said. “If you want to pull up and even go to a job meeting, there’s no place to park because the building consumes the entire site.”

Columbus, Kansas-based Crossland Construction operates a permanent Springfield office at 902 W. Battlefield Road, Garrett said.

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