PITTSBURG — While the Block 22 project continues to march forward, Pittsburg State University and the City of Pittsburg are looking for a restaurant.

PSU and the city are looking for restaurant professionals who are interested in opening a restaurant as part of Block 22. PSU Chief Strategy Officer Shawn Naccarato said a restaurant is a key component to Block 22, which will also include student housing, innovating business space and retail storefronts, after renovation.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for Pittsburg,” Naccarato said in a release. “The revitalization of the downtown district has re-energized our city, and the Block 22 project is the latest example of that growth. A fun, lively restaurant scene within Block 22 will truly transform the downtown Pittsburg experience.”

The most recent Micropolitan Area Economic Report for Pittsburg showed that the population of Pittsburg swells to 40,000 during the day, and the city has the retail pull of a much larger metro.

Restaurant professionals interested in being part of Block 22 should call PSU’s office of strategic initiatives at 620-235-4938.

While the city and university are proactively seeking dining options, renovation is still ongoing in the buildings that make up Block 22 — on the north side of 4th Street and Broadway.

Crews have gutted the ground floors of both the National Bank building and Opera House Hotel, and work has begun to connect them. Workers have laid new foundation and begun reconstruction of the back of the Opera House Hotel, which was previously only one story.

The rear of the building was demolished, and framing has begun to raise it the full three stories, as well as connect it to the National Bank building. Painting has also begun on the outside of the Opera House Hotel.

Work also continues inside each of the four buildings, including electrical, plumbing and finishing work. On the west side of Broadway, the first floor of the Commerce and Baxter buildings will be used as a combined 6,000 square foot commercial space.

Root CoffeeHouse will move into the Opera House Hotel as one of the first anchor tenants, and Naccarato plans to have a restaurant follow. He is also interested in the possibility of bistro, downtown grocery store or microbrewery.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.