Under Construction Development Projects
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.
The property will feature amenities such as an outdoor courtyard with a pool, fire pits and grills as well as a clubhouse and fitness center. Resident parking will be located on the first level on the back portion of the property. In the final phase of the project, the City of Wichita plans to transform an abandoned railroad corridor into a public bike path and greenway beginning at McLean Boulevard and extending west across the catalyst site. Estimated completion is summer 2021.
Development plans on the northwest corner of Douglas and Emporia will transform the site into a new $21 million office building. Construction of the 75,000 square foot, four-story building is now underway. IMA Financial Group plans to relocate downtown as the anchor tenant. American State Bank & Trust Co. will occupy the ground floor. The project is led by TGC Development Group. Estimated completion is winter 2020.
The historic Broadway Plaza, located at the southwest corner of Douglas Avenue and Broadway Street, is currently being renovated into an AC Marriott Hotel featuring 118 rooms. Developers plan to blend modern aesthetics with the building’s unique, historic elements. The 11-story hotel will feature a ground-floor bar that will be open to the public and a covered entryway for valet parking. The hotel is being developed in conjunction with the proposed Kansas Health Science Center - Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine and is one of five historic renovation projects within that city-block area.
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. 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.
Renovations to the Gore Oil Building at 202 St. Francis Street are currently underway. Construction crews are working to restore the facade to the original brick building. The building is located near the Spaghetti Works development and INTRUST Bank Arena.
A new extended-stay hotel is currently being constructed in the historic Delano District. The project is located at a key catalyst site as defined in Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita. The hotel will feature 95 rooms, conference room space, an indoor pool, fire pits and gathering space that will connect to a new public greenway. This project is led by TGC Development Group and estimated completion is spring 2021.
The building at 208 S. Commerce Street is being renovated into the North American headquarters for Modig Machine Tool. This new facility restores a historic warehouse building while preserving many of the original features. The property will showcase the newest tooling machines in Modig’s portfolio and is designed to host training events, machine demonstrations and run time validation testing for customers.
The proposed KHSC-KansasCom includes the renovation of five historic buildings that will revitalize previously vacant buildings and create a vibrant environment along the William Street corridor, directly south of Douglas Avenue. The educational center will be located in two historic buildings that previously housed the Macy’s and Innes department stores and was more recently known as the Finney State Office Building. The campus will include a world-class osteopathic skills training center, standardized patient teaching rooms, large lecture halls, small group study rooms, a virtual anatomy lab and more.
Other buildings being renovated as a part of the overall development include the former Sutton Place Building into student housing, the former Henry's Building into a cafe and the Broadway Plaza Building into an AC Marriott Hotel. This project also serves as the catalyst for the redesign of the adjacent Chester I. Lewis Reflection Square Park.
The proposed KHSC-KansasCOM has been granted candidate status from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) as of December 2020. COCA accredits osteopathic medical schools granting the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree across the United States. The proposed KHSC-KansasCOM is an affiliate of TCS Educational System, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact.
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 The Renfro
The Renfro was originally constructed in 1908 and was renovated into a mixed-use building in 2012 with commercial space on the ground floor and 20 residential units on the upper three floors. View “The Renfro” under completed projects to learn more. Find leasing information at bokehdevelopment.com.
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.