Catalytic $54 million project underway in Downtown Wichita
Union Station Overview
Renovation of one of Downtown Wichita's most iconic buildings is now underway. Occidental Management identified $54 Million of redevelopment and expansion projects for the Downtown Union Station campus, which includes the Wichita Historic train station, Union Station, Rock Island depot and baggage facility, and the former Wichita Grand Hotel, as seen in the site plans below.
Campus plans include updating the four existing buildings in the campus, and an additional 150,000 SF of new space through two newly constructed buildings and the expansion of an existing building. The redevelopment efforts will also provide a new parking garage with ground floor commercial space. Additionally, over five acres of public space will include public access walkways and a redeveloped plaza area that fronts Douglas Avenue.
Union Station Phase One
2015 marked a year of progress for Union Station, an iconic site in Downtown Wichita. In 2014, developers celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the site, and in 2015, $54 million of redevelopment efforts by Occidental Management began. This 10-acre project includes two phases of renovation and expansion that will significantly enhance the connection between the Old Town entertainment district and the Arena Neighborhood, creating a more walkable, vibrant Downtown - a goal identified in Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita. Phase One includes the renovation of the Grand and Patrick Hotel buildings into commercial space, redeveloping the Rock Island Depot and Baggage Facility, and a newly designed plaza in front of the Union Station terminal along Douglas.
1. Grand Hotel
Renovations of the Grand Hotel at the Union Station campus at 801 E. Douglas, are complete. The first tenants opened their doors in the 28,400 SF building in October. The building is 98% occupied and includes Downtown businesses David Kemp State Farm Insurance Agency, Regus (a temporary office space rental agency), Encompas (office furniture dealership), Wells Fargo, and Scooters Coffee. New signage and exterior lights offer a striking addition to Douglas.
2. Rock Island Depot
The Rock Island Depot building at 701 E. Douglas is nearing completion, and will have two tenants once complete. Mumbai Rail Indian Bistro & Bar will utilize over 5,000 SF on both the first and second floors. This fast-casual restaurant will serve food cafeteria style, with a walk up window for after-hours service. Smoothie King will open it's fourth location in Wichita, and will occupy 1,600 SF on the ground floor. Restaurateur Neil Bhakta will operate both businesses.
3. Terminal Plaza Construction
Directly in front of the Union Station terminal, a new plaza area is currently under construction. This new outdoor gathering area will feature restaurant kiosks on the west end of the patio for local vendors to serve food and drinks. The patio will also be wired for sound and video for outdoor concerts. Developers have obtained a conditional use permit and hope to create an entertainment district on the campus.
4. Looking Forward: Phase Two
Phase Two plans for Union Station campus include renovating the iconic Union Station terminal building, constructing an additional 150,000 SF of new office space, and the redevelopment of the existing baggage buildings. Phase Two also includes a new parking structure that will house ground floor commercial space. Additionally, over five acres of public space will be included in the project, which encompasses the Phase One plaza renovation, and public access walkways throughout the property.
Conceptual renderings and site plans courtesy of SPT Architecture and Occidental Management.
Download Union Station Master Site Plan
Download Union Station Phase 1 Site Plan