Several sites around the city are under construction as new businesses move into the area, change locations or expand where they are.

Several sites around the city are under construction as new businesses move into the area, change locations or expand where they are. Some of them include:

• A new steakhouse and retail center are going in just to the east of Vision Bank on Harrison Street, hoping to be finished by spring. Owner Richard Hefner said he is hoping for a finish date of May 1 for both the 6,000 square foot restaurant to the north and 9,600 square foot retail center on the south side.

• The former Delta Cafe, at 4734 N. Kickapoo, is being remodeled to make way for Sancho Ancho Latin Cuisine. According to the Dec. 12 building permit, the remodel is valued at $300,000 and spans 4,000 square feet. No opening date has been confirmed yet.

• Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 501 N. Broadway, is undertaking an expansion project. Contractor GH2 Architects filed a permit in December to add nearly 7,000 square feet of space on the north side of the church. The project is valued at $1.5 million, according to the building permit.

• The new facility for Shawnee's First United Bank is beginning to take shape, as construction continues at the south-east corner of MacArthur Street and Harrison Avenue — formerly Joe Cooper Ford.

According to the preliminary plat approved by city commissioners in March, the 4.5-acre tract at 2600 N. Harrison is being split into two lots.