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AUSTIN EDITION - NOTEBOOK Lonergan puts her 'Hart' in business

Sometimes business is personal. All you have to do is look for the signs.

Such is the case of real estate agent Amy Lonergan, who is taking over the marketing of commercial property at Fourth Street and First Avenue Southwest.

Lonergan, an agent for Furhman Real Estate, took on the property that includes a 12,672-square-foot building where Papa Murphy's Take-N-Bake Pizza operates.

Taking on this job is a personal project "near and dear to her heart" because the last agent to market it was her father, Robert Hart.

Hart died a year ago at age 82. Ever an energetic and tireless worker, he had been in his office on the day he died.

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Well-known in Austin real estate circles, Hart brokered many high-profile deals such as Sterling Shopping Center.

He was working for Terra Tron/Mercury Investments of Park City, Utah, to sell or lease the Papa Murphy building and the open parking lot and green space near it.

A sign touting him as the contact for anyone interested in buying, leasing or building on the high-visibility property stood in front of it for months after he died of an aneurysm.

Until late December, when a sign listing Lonergan went up.

"It is particularly dear to my heart because my dad had it," she said.

Lonergan signed with Terra Tron to market the property in the fall, but it took a little while to get the sign with her father's name down and the one with her name up.

Now she is actively working with people interested in the land.

The building with Papa Murphy in it has one open space --1,900-square-feet -- ready for a retail or commercial tenant. It was last occupied by Total Entertainment.

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While that is the most visible part of the property, it is just one portion of what it offers, Lonergan said.

The wide open parking lot in front of it and behind the empty Hardee's building could be used to develop a new structure.

The same is true for green space tucked beside Papa Murphy's.

"It is a prime location," she says.

She points out that it has access from three streets -- Oakland, Fourth Street and First Avenue.

The property might have many traffic connections, but to Lonergan, the strongest connection is the one to her father.

Kiger's Notebook appears on Mondays and Fridays in the Austin Post-Bulletin. Send questions or business news tips to jkiger@postbulletin.com or call 434-7340.

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