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Douglas and Emporia Mixed-Use Project
Northwest corner of Douglas Avenue and Emporia Street
Cost - $22 Million Development plans on the northwest corner of Douglas and Emporia would transform the site into a new $22 million mixed-use property featuring retail or restaurant space on the ground floor and offices on the three upper floors. Preliminary plans include razing an existing building and constructing a new 75,000 square foot building in its place and on the adjacent surface parking lot. IMA Financial Group will be the anchor tenant.
Douglas Avenue Streetscape Phase Two
Douglas Avenue and St. Francis Street
Cost - $1.3 Million. Phase Two will continue the improvements to Douglas Avenue. Curb extensions and streetscape amenities will be implemented as defined in the master plan for Douglas Avenue. The total cost of phases one and two is $6 million.
Fidelity Bank Expansion (Phase Two)
Cost - $35 Million Fidelity Bank is expanding their downtown headquarters with the creation of a ten story tower and private car park that will become part of the Wichita skyline. The project is known as "RISE: A Beacon of Progress" and will take place in two phases. Phase One will focus on the 500 stall car park with ground floor retail space. Phase Two includes the construction of a new 135,000 square foot office tower. The first floor will offer customer parking and the remaining nine floors will be office space. Employees can utilize an outdoor walkway lined with plants or an enclosed skywalk with floor-to-ceiling windows to travel to and from the car park over the northwest corner of Market and English Streets. Employees will also have access to a rooftop park with a lawn, trees and more. Estimated completion is 2023.
500 S. Topeka
Cost - $1.1 Million The former Topeka Street Fire Station will transform into a shared co-working space for artists and startup businesses. The first floor will feature a coffee shop/cafe, art gallery, and open, shared workspaces available for rent. The second floor will feature private studios and office space for flexible leasing.
Kansas Health Science Center
Cost - $75 million The proposed Kansas Health Science Center received approval from Wichita City Council per an MOU for the proposed development. The project would revitalize four historic buildings in downtown and create a vibrant environment along the William Street corridor, directly south of Douglas Avenue. The project would include the renovation of the former Finney State Office Building into the Kansas Health Science Center, the former Sutton Place into student housing, the former Henry's Building into a food hall including a culinary arts program and the Broadway Plaza Building into a boutique hotel. TGS Education System of Chicago will provide the management and leadership services for the proposed new DO Medical School.
Market Centre Apartments
155 N. Market Street
Cost - N/A. The Market Centre building, at the southwest corner of First and Market, was built as the Lassen Hotel in 1919. It was recently purchased with plans to convert the building into 110 apartment units. Construction is slated to start within the next year.
Mead Street Office Collective
115 N. Mead
Cost - N/A The former downtown mini storage building will transform into a mixed-use destination. Originally built in 1901 as a broom factory, this 24,000 square-foot property is right across the street from Union Station and is located at a key entrance to the Old Town district. The first floor will feature a collaborative environment called the Mead Street Office Collective, which will include 20 private offices ranging from 250-500 square feet. There will be space available for restaurant concepts as well. The building will also feature an outdoor patio, second-floor deck on both the east and west sides of the building and a rooftop deck/entertainment area. Developers plan to preserve historic architectural details during the renovation.
West bank of the Arkansas River
Cost - N/A Developers plan to transform the west bank of the Arkansas River into a 7-acre mixed-use development that could include residential, office and commercial uses. Adjacent to the proposed new Ballpark, this new development hopes to become a gathering place for the community that will draw visitors from across the region.
St. Francis and Commerce Street Improvements
On the corner of St. Francis and Commerce Streets
Cost - N/A. Proposed streetscape improvements include upgrading utility and drainage infrastructure, refurbishing the existing brick streets and the further definition of parking and drive lanes, all while still preserving the character of the Commerce Street Arts District. Recommended design solutions also include a gathering space located just north of Kellogg between Commerce and St. Francis which will link the two streets and provide new amenities such as trees, lighting and urban art.
Wichita Orphuem Theatre (Phases Two - Five)
200 N. Broadway Street
Cost - Approximately $30 Million. Phases Two - Five must be done simultaneously, and include the restoration of the auditorium, stage house and lobby expansion for a total of $15 Million. Phase Six is a $15 Million build-out addition to the current facilities. All work is part of the Orpheum's Capital Campaign.
515 S. Main Street
Cost - $68 Million (to date investment). The WaterWalk project creates a new destination for Downtown Wichita. The project offers commercial space, residential, plazas and gardens, destination retail/restaurant locations and direct connectivity to the Arkansas River. In November 2009, the first residents of WaterWalk Place moved into the condominiums. Other commercial developments such as Gander Mountain, the headquarters for the Wichita Area Association of Realtors and the WaterWalk Fairfield Inn have been completed.