The transformation of Stockyard Travel Plaza into a Pete’s location, along with the remodeling of a building for Curious Minds Discovery Zone, boosted the valuation of construction projects permitted in January.

The city of Parsons issued 11 building permits last month with a total valuation of $662,783.57, up from $278,800 in January 2019.

Four of the permits were issued to Pete’s Corp. for the travel plaza at 2431 N. 16th St. that the company bought from Russell McKee in January. The projects total $259,263.08. Remodeling of the car wash accounts for $125,000, and a re-imaging or branding of the location for the new ownership is valued at $100,000. Pete’s also plans to add a freezer at the rear of the building for $15,000 and replace signage at the street, curbside and intersection for $19,263.08.

The Curious Minds project is valued at $290,794. The interactive children’s museum founded in 2012 plans to move from 1810 Main St. to 1621 S. 21st St. First, the building will need to be remodeled. It was formerly owned by Kenny LaForge, who owned Interstate Electric Co. before the business was closed. The work will include construction of offices, bath rooms, a storm shelter and parking area.

Other projects permitted in January were:

— Kansas City Freightliner, doing business as Joplin Freightliner, 12-foot by 28-foot double-sided LED sign, $54,526.49.

— Residential, 24-foot by 38-foot addition to home, $50,000.

— Residential, replacement of storage building with a new wooden shed, $1,200.

— Residential, concrete slab, carport, chainlink fence, $6,500.

— Residential, 6-foot-tall wooden privacy fence, $500.

— Residential, wheelchair ramp, donated.

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