Butler County Times Gazette
  • Andover to again vote on IRBs for Aveda

  • Providing industrial revenue bonds (IRB) to help build an Aveda Institute cosmetology school in Andover
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  • The Andover City Council will vote for a second time, at its regular meeting on Tuesday evening, to provide industrial revenue bonds (IRB) to help build an Aveda Institute cosmetology school in Andover.
    “We already approved it for three million dollars a couple of months ago,” said Ben Lawrence, Andover mayor, “but as the business developer got closer to construction his costs increased. We will vote to increase the IRB to three and a half million dollars.”
    Aveda has schools world-wide, including around 65 in the United States, but none in Kansas.  
    Lawrence said the man building the school, Sammy Halaseh, owns several large beauty salons in Wichita and other parts of the country. He picked Andover for the school, because of its proximity to Butler Community College.
    “He has been in touch with, and is working with, the folks over at the community college on some type of degree plan, that could be offered there, in conjunction with his Aveda Institute,” said Lawrence.
    The school is expected to employ up to 20 full-time employees when it opens, with the goal of increasing to about 40.
    Lawrence said while jobs is the main motivator for offering incentives to businesses like this, there is also another reason.
    “This school will have hundreds of students attending here in Andover, many from other communities,” said Lawrence. “They will be dining here, getting gas here and spending money here while they are going to school.”
    The Aveda Institute will be located on in the Andover Industrial Park, on Andover Road, between Central and 13th Streets, specifically between Treescapes and Andover Collision Repair.  
    Lawrence said Halaseh expects to break ground this year. The school will include a working salon and about 2,000 square feet of retail space.

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