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.
Advanced Learning Library
711 W. Second Street
Cost - $33 Million. The Wichita City Council recently approved building a new Central Library and Advanced Learning Center at Second Street and McLean Blvd. The plans, designed by GLMV Architecture, call for the new building to increase in square footage of the current library to 95,000 square feet. A multitude of flexible community meeting spaces that can function independently or together are included in the plans, along with a large meeting room that will have seating for up to 300 people. Technology will include over 100 computers and charging stations, which will be available for public use. The City of Wichita will finance the new library in conjunction with private fundraising by the Wichita Public Library Foundation. A groundbreaking ceremony was held June 2016, construction will take 18 to 24 months with a possible completion date in 2018.
Cargill Protein Group, New Division Headquarters
825 E. Douglas Avenue
Cost - $70 million. Cargill Protein Group's new Downtown headquarters will be located on the site of the former Wichita Eagle Building at 825 E. Douglas. The new building will complement the warehouse character of Old Town through its use of similar materials, while incorporating a modern design with an open floor plan and spaces for collaboration. Employees will also be able to utilize private outdoor patio and courtyard spaces. The innovative new headquarters will also increase connectivity between INTRUST Bank Arena, Union Station and Old Town. Proposed completion is summer 2018.
Colorado Derby 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 acquired by Old Town developer Dave Burk, who plans to repurpose the nine-story, 96,000 SF building into 106 one and two bedroom apartments. The property includes an abundance of windows featuring beautiful views of the Arkansas River and Downtown Wichita. Resident amenities include an exercise room, a community room, a rooftop reflection pool, rooftop pergola with seating and a big screen television, barbecue grills, fire pits and more. Residents can utilize covered parking, underground parking or secure surface lot parking. Construction began in 2016 with estimated completion in spring 2018.
Douglas Avenue Underpass Renovation
Plans and funding have been approved for $2.1 million of renovations to the Douglas Avenue Underpass. Improvements include addressing structural issues, painting the understructure, adding creative lighting and steps to mitigate the pigeons. Estimated completion is August 2018.
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.
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
383 E. Douglas Avenue
Cost - $14.2 million. The Wichita City Council has approved plans to transform the Commerce Plaza building at the corner of Douglas and Topeka into a Hilton Garden Inn. The project will utilize the neighboring parking garage, allotting slots for guest parking. Construction crews have already begun with demo to the interior of the building. This new hotel will include 120-130 guest rooms, meeting space, a restaurant and rooftop bar and more.
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.
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.
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. Construction could begin as early as summer 2018.
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.
First Street and McLean Boulevard
Cost - $38.4 Million. River Vista will be a new residential development project at Project Downtown's Catalyst Site One on the west bank of the Arkansas River. The new development, River Vista, will be a 203-unit apartment project located on McLean Boulevard. In addition, the City of Wichita and State have committed to make improvements to the riverfront and adjacent Delano Park. These enhancements will continue the connective trail system along the river and add an exciting amenity that will allow the general public to further engage the river. Crews broke ground on the project in July after more than two years of planning, starting with dirt work and underground sewer and utility work. The project also includes a "Boats and Bikes" concept that will be used by area rowing groups and also offer public boat and bike rentals. The plan also incorporates 341 public and residential parking spaces and provides improved access to the river and joining trail system. Construction should start on the apartments in summer of 2016, with an expected opening in spring 2018.
Spaghetti Works Building
619 E. William Street
Cost - $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. Plans are underway to renovate the historic Spaghetti Works building into 41 unique residential units in addition to the construction of 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. This mixed-use development is also a catalyst for the redesign of the adjacent Naftzger Park.
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 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.
Plans to develop the vacant surface lot at the northeast corner of Second Street and St. Francis Street are underway. The lot will be transformed into an indoor-outdoor concert and event venue featuring a local beer garden, food trucks, yard games and more. The project will bring a new energy to the Old Town District.