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The City of Wichita is planning to revitalize an underutilized urban park into a public gathering place. The improvements to the park will honor the legacy of Chester I. Lewis, the namesake of the park, who was the president of the Wichita chapter of the NAACP and was a leader of the modern civil rights movement at the local, state and national levels.
Vantage Point Properties plans to renovate the three-story building at the southwest corner of Douglas and Emporia. Developers plan to retain the property’s historic characteristics and transform the building into ground floor retail and Class A office space on the upper floors.
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.
Wichita City Council recently approved plans to reconfigure Emporia Street from one-way to two-way between Second and Waterman Streets. Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita recognizes the need for two-way conversions along key thoroughfares such as Emporia in order to create a safe and walkable environment for bikes and pedestrians. This project will improve traffic flow while creating the ideal setting for ground-floor retail.
Improvements made along St. Francis Street in 2012 provide an example of the impact a streetscape project can have on our downtown. Shortly after the improvements were completed, adjacent buildings were activated with new uses – demonstrating how strategic public sector investment can spur private investment. Slowing traffic along this corridor created a more walkable, vibrant experience for pedestrians. Learn more about the St. Francis Streetscape improvements by viewing the completed project description.
The 430 ReDevelopment (view projects under construction) at the northwest corner of Douglas Avenue and Emporia Street served as the catalyst for this project.
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.
WaterWalk International has announced plans to build 226 upscale residential units in the urban core. The project, named the Gateway Apartments, includes the construction of two new buildings located across the street from each other and located at a key entrance to downtown from Kellogg Avenue.
The first building will be located at the southwest corner of Main and Waterman Streets and will include 126 residential units and amenities such as a fitness center, a dog wash, a rooftop lounge and more. The second building will be located at the northeast corner of Main and Dewey Street and will include 100 residential units with access to all of the amenities. Plans include studios, one and two bedroom apartments and two bedroom lofts. Rent prices will range from $900-$1,400 per month. Estimated completion is 2022.
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.
Developers plan to transform the west bank of the Arkansas River into a 7-acre mixed-use development that could include residential, a flagship hotel, retail or restaurants, commercial office space and public plazas. Improvements to the riverwalk are included in this project. Adjacent to the new Ballpark, this development hopes to become a gathering place for the community that will draw visitors from across the region.
Bokeh Development plans to renovate the ground-floor retail spaces at The Renfro. Plans include adding windows, exterior signage and storefront visibility and accessibility via Gallery Alley. The Renfro is located on the western side of the alley, which is a unique walkway featuring café seating and public art. Paradise Donuts currently occupies one of the four retail spaces. The spaces available for lease will range from 387-421 square feet for around $900 per month.
About Gallery Alley Downtown Wichita received a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation to construct Gallery Alley in 2017 and once again in 2019. The second phase of the project is currently underway and will transform the alley into a permanent destination for inter-sensory art experiences. Learn more at downtownwichita.org/discover/placemaking/gallery-alley.
Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture has purchased the former Greyhound bus terminal at 312 S. Broadway with plans to renovate and relocate their offices to the building. The 14,000 square foot building will give the company room to expand. Originally constructed in 1946, the property is located across the street from the Broadway Autopark Apartments (41 units completed in 2016) and the $51 million Fidelity Bank expansion project.
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.
EPC Real Estate is planning a new 35,000-45,3000 square feet Class A office building at Sycamore and McLean. Each of the three floors includes 10,000-11,000 square feet that can be leased individually or together. The property will be located on a triangle-shaped piece of land near the Advanced Learning Library, River Vista and Riverfront Stadium in the historic Delano District. Within walking distance of local shops and restaurants, the building will add to the density and growing vibrancy envisioned for the district in Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita. The building will be marketed as a build-to-suit or will build spec for an anchor tenant.