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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.
Douglas Avenue Underpass Renovation
Cost - N/A. On the underpass if you can mark a pin there (Douglas Avenue and Mead area). The Wichita Downtown Development Corporation was awarded $75,000 from the Knight Foundation Fund of the Wichita Community Foundation in order to derive design concepts that will revitalize the historic Douglas Avenue underpass from its current status into an inviting Downtown gateway. This grant allowed the WDDC to hire Law Kingdon Architecture to lead the design team to help in the first phase of the project. The WDDC is currently working on securing funding for future phases of the Douglas Ave Underpass revitalization effort.
EPC Delano (Mixed-Use)
226 N. Sycamore Street
Cost - $40 million. EPC Real Estate LLC has been selected by the City of Wichita to develop two parcels of land in Delano. The proposed project includes 180 multi-family residential units, as well as a mixed-use hotel concept with commercial space on the ground floor. The sites are located adjacent to the River Vista residential development and the new Advanced Learning Library.
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.
Spaghetti Works Building
619 E. William Street
Cost - N/A. The four-story Spaghetti Works building, located between the newly developed Union Station property and INTRUST Bank Arena, was built in 1894 and has been recently purchased by Seneca Property. In addition to the 40,000 SF building, the property includes a 10,000 SF warehouse to the south and a parking lot on the north adjacent to Naftzger Park. Plans for the property include a "live, work, play" concept. Construction could start as soon as this year, with the entire project potentially taking up to two years.
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.
The Flats 324, Second Expansion
324 N. Emporia Avenue
Cost - $5.5 million. A second expansion is in the works for the Flats 324, located in the historic Wichita High School. Plans include converting the adjacent property at 412 E. Third Street into a second clubhouse. Two of the neighboring parking lots will be converted into an additional 60 new units. The property's first expansion added 70 new units and new amenities such as a clubhouse with complementary Wi-Fi, a pool, a pet washing station and more.
Union Station Phase Two
701 E. Douglas Avenue
Cost (Phase One and Two) - $54 Million. Renovation of one of Downtown Wichita's most iconic buildings is underway. Developer Gary Oborny of 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. Over five acres of public space will include public streetscape and walking improvements. Phase Two plans are being finalized, and include renovating the Union Station terminal, and building an additional 150,000 SF of new office space. Phase Two redevelopment efforts will also provide a new 480-stall parking garage. The terminal and operations buildings will be a mix of commercial retailers, restaurants and office space.
Water Street Lofts
201 n. Water Street
Cost - Approximately $9.5 Million. Wichita's Alvin E. Morris Administrative Center for USD 259 at 201 N. Water was recently acquired by Old Town developer Dave Burk, who plans to repurpose the nine-story, 96,000 SF building into 90 apartments. The property includes an abundance of windows, adequate parking for residents and beautiful views of the Arkansas River. Construction is not anticipated to start until 2016.
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.