Under Construction Development Projects
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125 N. Market
125 N. Market Street
Cost - $5 Million. Security National took ownership of the 19-story 125 N. Market building in 2013 and has renovated office tenant areas, common areas, restrooms and elevators on several floors. Other renovations will upgrade infrastructure, including new chillers, modernizing all elevator controls, renovating the 19th floor as a reception and events area, and repairing the walkway connecting the building to Exchange Place. The building offers spaces ranging from 1,000 to 16,000 SF, some that include panoramic views of the City. This building was constructed in 1963 and was formerly the Wichita Executive Center.
300 S. Sycamore
Cost – $75 Million The City of Wichita announced that Triple-A minor league baseball team the New Orleans Baby Cakes have submitted a request to relocate to Wichita, spurring the development of a new baseball park. Plans include seating for 7,000 with a total capacity of around 11,000. The ballpark will host a wide variety of events and serve as a gathering place for the community. The new team and ballpark will also serve as a catalyst for continued growth along the riverfront. Estimated completion is 2020. View renderings and more project details at wichita.gov/stadium.
EPC Delano Project (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 the historic Delano district, located adjacent to River Vista and the Advanced Learning Library. The project is also located at a key catalyst site as defined in Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita and will bring a new energy to the historic Delano district. Developers recently announced plans to double the amount of commercial space on the ground floor from 5,000 to 10,000 square feet. Plans have also increased from 90 to 95 hotel rooms and 180 to 204 residential units. Estimated completion is summer 2021.
Fidelity Bank Expansion (Phase One)
Cost - $16 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. This $51 million project is titled "RISE: A Beacon of Progress" and will take place in two phases beginning with the construction of a 135,000 square foot car park with 500 stalls. The ground floor includes 17,000 square feet of retail or office space available for lease. The structure will have flat floors and high ceilings, which will allow for the car park to be converted into more commercial space in the future. The car park will feature large glass windows to fill the garage with natural light, a rooftop amenity space and a pedestrian bridge/skywalk that will connect to the tower that will be constructed during Phase Two. Estimated completion is fall 2020.
First and Second Street Improvements
Improvements to First and Second Streets are currently planned in the Old Town neighborhood. The project will add curb extensions at all intersections from Washington Street to the railroad tracks. Other improvements add traffic calming measures such as speed tables at pedestrian crosswalks and other streetscape amenities.
344 St. Francis Street
Cost - $5 Million A new technology hub and maker space is coming to the former Printing Inc. building. Groover Labs is a nonprofit that will offer a place for creativity and technology to collide. Focusing on development and collaboration, the leaders of this endeavor are planning a 14,000 square foot maker lab with studio rental space, a wood shop, a metal shop and an electronics lab that includes a laser cutter and a 3D printer. This project will continue to enhance the growing intersection at St. Francis and Second Streets in Old Town.
High Touch Technologies
110 S. Main Street, Suite #600
Cost - $1 Million. High Touch Technologies recently bought the building that houses their Corporate Headquarters at 110 S. Main. High Touch, an employee owned company that offers IT and technology-related services, offices 126 employees in Downtown Wichita. In 2014 alone, High Touch will spend about $1 Million in addressing deferred maintenance needs and tenant improvements including elevator updates as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
Hilton Garden Inn
401 E. Douglas Avenue
Cost - $14.2 million. The former Commerce Plaza building is currently being renovated into a Hilton Garden Inn. The project will utilize the neighboring parking garage, allotting slots for guest parking. This new hotel will include 120-130 guest rooms, meeting space, a rooftop restaurant and pool and commercial space on the ground floor. Developers have also announced plans for a Starbucks on the ground floor. Estimated completion is spring 2019.
INTRUST Bank Renovations
105 S. Main Street
Cost - Approximately $2.5 Million. INTRUST Bank is renovating its Downtown headquarters at 105 N. Main. This multi-million dollar investment will provide updates to the 90-year-old building. Improvements include work on office and customer areas as well as the installation of new heating and air conditioning equipment. Extensive work will also be done to update interior finishes. The project is to be completed by summer 2015. Previously, a $400,000 basement refurbish was completed in 2011.
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.
698 E William St
Naftgzer Park is a one-acre park located at the southeast corner of Douglas and St. Francis. A key connector between Old Town and INTRUST Bank Arena, plans to redevelop Naftzger Park and the adjacent property are underway. Internationally renowned landscape architect SWA Balsley has presented plans that redesign the park to incorporate open space for events, a dog run, gardens, multiple seating options, and more. Plans for the redesign were derived based on community input and were approved by Wichita City Council. Estimated completion is spring 2019.
Orpheum Theatre (Phase One)
200 N. Broadway Street
Cost - Approximately $500,000. The Orpheum, built in 1922 at 200 N. Broadway, is a historic theatre and venue in the heart of Downtown Wichita. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1981. It was designed and built by one of the nation's leading architects, "Opera House John" Eberson. Six phases of renovation have been identified. Phase One renovations are currently underway and encompass $500,000 of work, includes plastering, refurbishing and repainting walls, ceilings, decorative crown molding, mirrors, sconces and stair railings. New doors will replace old doors, and new carpeting and benches will be installed.
Spaghetti Works Phase Two
619 E. William Street
Cost - Phases One and Two - $23 million The Spaghetti Works project is a key connector between Old Town and INTRUST Bank Arena and is poised to be an anchor development - as outlined in Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita. Phase One included the renovation of the historic Spaghetti Works building into 41 unique residential units. Phase Two includes the construction of a new Class A office and retail space on the neighboring surface parking lot. Tenants of the new development will be able to enjoy a rooftop deck at this distinctive new property. Two tenants have been announced: Martin Pringle Law Firm on the second floor and local restaurant HomeGrown on the ground floor. HomeGrown's space will feature an outdoor patio overlooking the adjacent Naftzger Park. The Spaghetti Works project is a catalyst for the redesign of the park.
The Ice House Renovation
155 and 165 S. Rock Island
Cost - N/A Occidental Management plans to renovate a historic building known as "the icehouse" into 27,000 square feet of Class A office space. Located between the Union Station campus and Cargill Protein Group's new headquarters, the building will feature several balconies and a rooftop patio. Developers plan to retain unique aesthetics while adding complementary modern elements. The project may include a restaurant on the ground floor.
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 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 underway 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. Local business Jenny Dawn Cellars plans to open an urban winery in the new space. Faneuil will bring 400 jobs to the terminal building.