UNDER CONSTRUCTION / PLANNING

The Flats 324 Expansion
Cost - $7 Million

With the continued redevelopment of the St. Francis Street corridor, The Flats 324, located at 324 N. Emporia in the Historic Wichita High School, has announced the construction of 60 units in addition to the existing 68 units. One-bedroom apartments will start at $700 a month with the two-bedrooms topping out at about $1,150 a month. Construction should begin in fall 2014.

Sonic
Cost – N/A

One of America’s favorite fast food drive-in’s, Sonic, will be constructing a new 1,800 SF location at 504 S. Broadway. This new building will replace the current Golden House restaurant and should be open by the end of the year.

Douglas Ave Underpass
Cost – N/A

The Wichita Downtown Development Corporation was recently 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 has allowed the WDDC to hire LawKingdon Architecture to lead the design team to help in the first phase of the project.

Yellow Cab Company Renovations
Cost – N/A

Renovations to the 26,000 SF Yellow Cab Company Building at the corner of 2nd and Washington Avenue (252 N. Mosley) have included subdividing the space for multiple office, retail or restaurant tenants. Thus far, Taste & See, an upscale restaurant and bar with a patio has leased 4,532 SF. Lotus Leaf Café, a healthy lifestyle café, has opened in the Southwest corner of the building with 2,000 SF.

St. Francis and Commerce Street Improvements
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.

143 N. Rock Island
Cost – N/A

Developer Dave Burk is renovating the former Grant-Billingly building at 143 N. Rock Island. The building, constructed in 1923, was used as office and warehouse space for the Grant-Billingly fruit company. The project includes eight upscale apartment units above three retail/office spaces. Six of the eight apartments will be two-level. The apartment units will range from 600-1,700 square feet with rent ranging between $1,000-1,850 per month. The retail/office spaces range from 1,000-4,000 square feet. The project will be done through Karmen GT LLC, in which Burk is a partner.

518-520 Commerce Street
Cost – N/A

Craig Slawson, of Colorado-based Slawson Energy, has purchased three buildings along Commerce Street. Plans have recently been released from architectural firm El Dorado Inc., which include 16 residential units and commercial space. The three structures total 33,750 square feet. The southernmost building is to be used for commercial spaces, the north building will hold 16 residential spaces, two of which will be dual-story units with protected garage parking. Other parking will be along the northern side of building. The exterior design of 518-520 Commerce will promote connectivity with neighboring buildings and increased foot traffic for Final Friday.

Macy’s Garage Renovation
Cost – Approximately $9.68 Million

The Wichita City Council recently approved a plan to renovate the former Macy's Garage at 215 S. Market, which the City gained ownership of in November 2013. The renovations will allow the garage to fully utilize 550 spaces of the nine-story structure, benefiting nearby business and the public. Fences surrounding the garage will be removed when construction is finished, opening up the closed traffic lanes on Market and William. Tentative completion is scheduled for December 2014 with parking tenants being allowed to move back into the garage as early as November.

High Touch Technologies
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.

125 N. Market (formerly the Executive Centre)
Cost – Up to $5 Million

Renovations planned for the 19-story building include upgrading and refinishing the common areas on floors 11, 12, 14, and 17. Renovations will also 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 square feet, some that include panoramic views of the City.

Hyatt Regency Wichita Renovations
Cost – $7.5 Million

The Hyatt, located at 400 W. Waterman will be doing a renovation and redesign of the hotel's 303 guest rooms. The rooms' new look will incorporate some of Kansas' landscapes and color in the design. Each room will get new beds, new furniture, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, in-room safes, mini-refrigerators and accessible electrical outlets. The hotel will also undergo a renovation of the lobby and meeting areas.

River Vista
Cost - $24.7 Million

The Wichita City Council recently approved a new mixed-use development project for Project Downtown’s Catalyst Site One on the West bank of the Arkansas River. The new development, River Vista, will be a 154-unit apartment project with a 20,000 SF commercial building located on McLean Boulevard (to be completed in a future phase). There will be 85 one-bedroom units, 51 two-bedroom units and 18 two-bedroom lofts. A pool deck area and clubhouse will be available for residents. In addition, the City and State have committed to make improvements to the river front 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.

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. BeitMisk, a development in Lebanon, inspired the project’s modern architectural style. The plan also incorporates 341 public and residential parking spaces and provides improved access to the river and joining trail system.

Market & Main Apartments
Cost: $6.2 Million

Sunflower Development Company based in Kansas City, MO is rehabilitating three existing apartment buildings just south of Lewis Street on Market and Main Streets. The historic red-brick structures will be converted to 52 affording housing apartments, including 16 studio units and 36 one-bedroom units in a manner that will maintain the historic character of the buildings. Each apartment will feature new central heat and air, washers & dryers, high-end finishes such as wood floors and granite counter tops and all new kitchen appliances. The project adds affordable rental units to our highly desired Downtown residential market. Project is scheduled for completion fourth quarter 2014.

Courtyard by Marriott Renovations - Phase Two
Cost - Approximately $1 Million

Updates to the 128-room hotel's design and color schemes will commence in the fourth quarter 2013 as well as a refresh to the meeting spaces. This is the second phase of a two-phase renovation. Previously the lobby and guest areas were renovated and completed in February 2013.

Union Station
Cost - N/A

In February 2013, it was announced that local developer, Occidental management, acquired the Wichita Historic train station, Union Station, which includes the historic Rock Island depot and baggage facility and the former Wichita Grand Hotel. Plans to transform Union Station into a multi million-dollar destination attraction include retail, restaurants and potentially hospitality and office space.

WaterWalk Apartments
Project Cost - $10 Million

The new WaterWalk Apartments, located at 411 W. Maple, will deliver flexible living choices with all bills paid, short leases, furnished or unfurnished one, two or three bedroom new apartments on the West bank of Arkansas River and adjacent to the Wichita Ice Center.

The two buildings will be comprised of 133 units with rates projected to begin at $900 a month. Kitchens will feature rich brown cabinetry, a range, garbage disposal and refrigerator. Every apartment will be equipped with a stackable washer and dryer. WaterWalk Apartments combines hotel convenience and apartment essentials. The project is scheduled for completion Spring of 2014.

Corner 365
Cost – N/A

Garvey Center owner, Builders Inc, will be constructing 36 new apartments at the corner of First and Waco. Tenant parking will be within the Garvey Center’s existing garage. This new project will dramatically transform the prominent intersection and will be a catalyst for further development along the First Street corridor. The project is scheduled for completion in 2014.

The LUX
Cost - $20 Million

The LUX is the redevelopment of the former Kansas Gas & Electric Building. The project is a mixed-use development offering office, residential and luxury terraces overlooking the City's skyline. The first commercial and residential tenants moved in during 2013. The LUX is poised to develop a unique sense of community and place in Downtown Wichita while keeping true to the building's original 1950's character.

The first and second floors of the seven story building will cater to businesses while the top five floors house apartments - totaling 86 units. The LUX boasts countless amenities that will deliver the thrill of big-city living with the security of a close-knit community. Amenities include rooftop garden, a lounge and exercise room. Unit amenities include washer and dryer, unique energy-efficient lighting and walkout patios (in some units).

Douglas Avenue - Streetscape Development
Cost - $6 Million

In 2011, the City approved a new plan, led by community input, for transit and streetscape improvements along the core of Douglas Avenue from Main to Washington. Phase One design, led by the team of Law Kingdon, PEC and Gardner Design, focuses on the addition of transit shelters, added streetscape amenities and improved pedestrian way-finding signage. The improvements will be focused on Douglas from Main to Washington Streets. Phase One funding of $1.3 million has been secured and work will commence in the second quarter of 2013.

Douglas Avenue/Market Street
Cost - N/A

An investment group purchased three key Downtown sites; a development site located on Douglas Avenue (between Market and Main), the other on Market Street – 62,910 square foot Board of Trade Building and previous Merrill Lynch Building at the corner of Douglas Avenue and Market. The investment group is finalizing their development concepts with an anticipated announcement in 2013.

Wichita WaterWalk
Cost - $68 Million (to date investment)

The WaterWalk project is creating 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.

Exchange Place and Bitting Buildings
Cost - Approximately $66 Million

The project will retrofit the Exchange Place and Bitting Buildings to offer 230 residential units on Douglas Avenue. The development will incorporate a new 273-space parking garage, office and retail space. The Wichita City Council unanimously approved the developer's agreement Tuesday, December 18 and construction is scheduled to commence in summer of 2013. This approximately $60 Million project will continue the revitalization of the Douglas Avenue corridor.

William Street Two-Way Conversion
Cost – $375,000

The improvements from Main to Emporia include converting William Street from a one-way west-bound street to a two-way street providing one lane in each direction. The pavement will be improved as necessary and will be restriped to allow for two-way traffic. The project will also include replacing the wheelchair ramps and modifications to the traffic signals. Construction is to be completed in 2013.
 

COMPLETED PROJECTS

 

Live at 215 Performance Theater
Date Completed - April 2014
Cost – Approximately $200,000

 

Renovations and building alterations were made to 215 N. St. Francis by Graycon Building Group including a new 150-160 person theater, box office and bar. The renovated building features the Looney Bin comedy club Thursdays through Saturdays.

Walkers Bar & Jetty's Pizza
Date Completed – December 2013
Cost – N/A

Just 200 steps Northeast of INTRUST Bank Arena, this renovated warehouse space now houses Walkers Bar and Jettys Pizza. Features of Walkers include large wood columns, wood beams and original wood floors. These two businesses have had a positive impact on the Arena Neighborhood revitalization efforts.

Eaton Place Renovations
Date Completed – December 2013
Cost – N/A

The Eaton Place, a 115-Unit apartment complex in the 500 block of East Douglas created three new live-work spaces. The 1,000 sq. ft. spaces are the first such units in the Eaton and feature a kitchen island, accent walls, stackable washer/ dryer, front and back entrance, full size appliances, a build in desk and more.

Firestone Place
Date Completed – December 2013
Cost - N/A

Formerly Automobilia, the newly renamed Firestone Place has undergone major renovations to become leasable office and retail space at the corner of 1st & Emporia. Renovations included exterior and interior. Twotrees Technologies has already signed as the first tenant in the building.

INTRUST Bank Arena’s Guitar Bar & Thunder Team Store
Date Completed – October 2013
Cost - Approx. $250,000

INTRUST Bank Arena, home to the Wichita Thunder hockey team, constructed a permanent Wichita Thunder team store. The store is located under Entrance B on the South side on the main concorse and was completed in time for the 2013-2014 season.

In addition, a new bar named "Guitar Bar" was constructed on the east side of the main concourse by sections 122/123. The new bar showcases signed guitars from visiting artists displayed in glass on the walls. Guitar Bar also features a giant guitar hanging from the ceiling. A set of bar stools overlook the Arena’s loading dock, where fans will sometimes be able to see pre-show crew activity. The new bar serve drinks only, including specialty cocktails.

Kansas Leadership Center and Kansas Health Foundation Conference Center at Block One
Date Completed - August 2013
Cost - $9 Million

The Kansas Health Foundation expanded their current Douglas Avenue offices to include approximately 36,000 square feet of meeting rooms and headquarters space for the Kansas Leadership Center. This is the first new construction along the core of Douglas Avenue in approximately 38 years.

KE Miller Engineering
Date Completed – July 2013
Cost - Approx. $300,000

KE Miller Engineering completed renovations to the brick building at 117 E. Lewis into attractive professional offices inside and out. The 3,000-square-foot building was built in 1936. It formerly housed three companies and had been sitting vacant for 15 years before renovations. The seven member staff at KE Miller Engineering provides cost effective engineering and surveying services to the Wichita metro area.

Arnold Group Renovations
Date Completed – June 2013
Cost - Approx. $500,000

The Arnold Group is a human resource solutions company headquartered at 530 S. Topeka in Downtown Wichita. The company has grown from a temp agency to include consulting, training and professional placement services and they employ 13 full-time workers with over 2,000 temporary workers. After nearly five months, renovations to their existing property are complete. Interior updates include a high-tech conference room, new private offices as well as exterior façade improvements.

CoBank
Date Completed – March 2013
Cost - $800,000

CoBank celebrated its merger with Wichita-based US AgBank by investing over three-quarters of a million dollars in interior renovations. The 256,000 square-foot building (also known as the Farm Credit Bank Building) is one of Downtown Wichita’s largest Class A office buildings set on the East bank of the Arkansas River.

Courtyard by Marriott Renovations - Phase One
Date Completed – March 2013
Cost - $900,000

The 128-room Courtyard by Marriott, located at 820 E. 2nd Street in Old Town, completed a major renovation of it’s lobby and other public guest areas. The goal of the renovation was to create an area where guests can get out of their room and socialize with other guests. A new bistro, named Table 820, along with a Starbucks service station were included in the renovations. This was the first of two phased improvements planned for the hotel.

 

The Catholic Diocese – St. Mary Cathedral

Date Completed – December 2012
Cost - $16 Million

The Catholic Diocese restored the historic St. Mary's Cathedral located at Broadway and Central. The renovations included restoring the 105 foot dome and incorporating additional lighting to highlight its architectural details. All buildings on the campus are now connected by a new covered structure, which serves as a new gathering space. The renovations and construction were completed early 2013 to celebrate the Cathedral's 100-year anniversary.

Wichita Executive Center
Cost – $1.2 Million (to date investment)

Previously the SC Telecom building, the project offers quality office space in Downtown Wichita.

Player Piano Lofts
Date Completed – December 2012
Cost - $4 Million

Old Town developer Dave Burk renovated the Player Piano building, a 36-unit apartment project, in the 700 block of East Douglas. This beautiful 5-story brick building formerly housed the world's largest supplier of materials for rebuilding and repairing antique player pianos, organs, and coin operated musical instruments. The project introduces 36 two-bedroom and one-bedroom apartments ranging from 410-885 square feet in the six-level structure. The 33,000-square-foot building was built in 1901 and has desirable features such as large wood columns, wood beams and floors with exposed exterior brick walls and 16-foot ceilings on the first and second floors.

Ambassador Hotel at Block One
Date Completed – December 2012
Cost - $23 Million

A development team renovated the historic 14-story Douglas Avenue Building into a 117-room Boutique Hotel. Bright and spacious, with expansive windows overlooking the city of Wichita, the hotel’s rooms and suites represent a showcase of luxury boutique accommodations at its pinnacle. This historic building is located at the corner of Douglas Avenue and Broadway.

Urban Plaza at Block One
Date Completed – December 2012
Cost - $800,000

The City of Wichita has constructed a new urban plaza that connects the new Block One Parking Garage and the historic Ambassador Hotel. The block’s alley has been redesigned to make it more compatible for pedestrians and vehicles, as well as enhancing Downtown’s mid-block pedestrian circulation. The mosaic public art is titled “Bravely Serene.”

Block One Parking Garage
Date Completed – December 2012
Cost - $6.8 Million

The City of Wichita constructed a parking garage with 270 spaces and 8,400 square feet of retail space facing William Street (at 360 E. William) to accommodate the new Ambassador Hotel, Kansas Leadership Center and the general public. 

Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA
Date Completed - December 2012
Cost - $27 Million

The Greater Wichita YMCA constructed a new 110,000 sq. ft. Downtown location that houses the organization's corporate offices as well as a new state of the art work-out and activity facility. The project developed approximately three-fourths of a city block adjacent to City Hall and the Federal and Sedgwick County Courthouses. The new facility is expected to serve 30,000 people throughout the area. There are more than 103,000 residents within a three-mile radius of the new Downtown YMCA location. The Greater Wichita YMCA serves more than 265,000 kids and adults.

Pixius Communications
Date Completed - December 2012
Cost - Approximately $3.2 Million

Pixius completed construction of their new headquarters at 301 N. St. Francis Street.  Pixius Communications is an innovative, growing company uniquely positioned to provide a wide range of data communication solutions to business and residential markets in rural areas.

The Fountains at WaterWalk
Date Comopleted - October 2012
Project Budget - $1.6 Million

Lights. Liquid. Music. Magic. The Fountains at WaterWalk are 150 feet long and located East of Gander Mountain. Three daily shows are offered at 12:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. from April through December. Each show incorporates beautiful music, colorful lights and moving water in a synchronized display. The music alternates between different genres, including country, classic rock, classical, ’80s rock and holiday songs. The Fountains at WaterWalk are a new destination for Wichitans and visitors to our Downtown.

The Renfro

Date Completed - October 2012
Cost - $1.8 Million

The Renfro is part of the East Douglas Avenue Historic District. It was built in 1908 as the Layle Hotel and later became the Renfro Hotel. The city then purchased the building and remodeled it, naming it Victoria Park Apartments.

Located at 612 E. Douglas Avenue, The Renfro offers 20 residential units with two ground floor commercial spaces that offer the option of a live/work setting. The live-work units have first and second floor entrances and spiral staircases.

The Renfro also offers more traditional layouts, including three studios, two 2-bedroom units and nine 1-bedroom units. One living space has a glass block wall, while another has an open and close freight door to invite the outside environment in. The units are equipped with electric high-efficiency heating & cooling systems, designed to use only the exact amount of energy needed to cool or heat the unit's area.

Commerce Street Lofts
Date Completed – August 2012
Cost - $500,000

Located at 416 S. Commerce Street, the Commerce Street Lofts were completed in August of 2012 and is a mixed-use two-story development (retail/office first floor - residential on the second). Located in the Commerce Street Arts District, the four two-bedroom units feature exposed brick and great views of Downtown Wichita. All kitchens have granite counters and stainless steel appliances, and beautiful wooden floors span the living room/ kitchen area. Industrial staircases are in every unit in the building as well as in the common areas.

Howerton+White Expansion & Renovation
Date Completed – August 2012
Project Budget - $600,000

Located at 520 E. Douglas, Howerton+White’s 3,000-foot expansion provided much needed space for staff, which has grown from 4 to 21 employees in just six years. The Classical Revival two-story building was built by the Stites brothers in 1889, just two years after the opening of the Carey House (the Eaton Hotel). The remodeled first and second floors is now a very open, functional space for the agency and includes a new staircase and a 30-foot stainless steel slide to connect the two floors.

St. Francis Streetscape Improvements

Date Completed - June 2012
Cost - $2.3 Million

The City of Wichita reconstructed St. Francis Street from Douglas Avenue to 2nd Street. This streetscape transformation converted the existing one-way configuration to two-way and also provides angled parking. In addition to improved infrastructure, the streetscape improvements added amenities such as street trees, new lighting, benches and decorative pavers. The revitalized streetscape provides an important pedestrian connection between the INTRUST Bank Arena and Old Town.

Bite Me BBQ 

Date Completed - April 2012
Cost - $500,000

Bite-Me-Bar-B-Q purchased 130 N. St. Francis and opened their restaurant in the second quarter of 2012.

Open Door

Date Completed March 2012

Cost - $5.4 Million

Open Door consolidated many of its services at it’s new spacious location at 402 E. 2nd St. The United Methodist’s new center houses the former Drop-In-Center and Klothes Kloset which serves a large portion of Wichita’s citizens in need.

Zelman’s Building


Date Completed – December 2011
Cost – estimated $1.7 Million

Located at the corner of St. Francis and Douglas Avenue, this project converted an historic structure to have nine residential units (6 studios and 3 one bedrooms) on the second floor and 4,800 sq. feet of retail/restaurant space on the first floor.

J.P. Weigand and Sons Realtors
Date Completed – January 2012

Cost - $500,000

J.P. Weigand and Sons, Inc renovated their Downtown Corporate Office at 150 N. Market Street. Renovations include work on the new façade along with interior renovations of the three-building complex.

Hyatt Regency Wichita


Date Completed – January 2012

Cost $1.6 Million

This investment marks the final phase of a muli-phase expansion and renovation of the riverfront hotel. This phase encompassed approximately 35,000 square feet of meeting space improvements.

Sedgwick County/Rotary Foundation/Coleman
Date Completed – December 2011
Cost – Approximately $2.3 Million

This project has four public/private sector partners. Sedgwick County redeveloped the previous Coleman Warehouse site to accommodate parking for the INTRUST Bank Arena. The Downtown Rotary Club Foundation provided a new urban park celebrating their centennial year (Centennial Plaza and Rotary Time Tower) and Coleman contributed funds for a monument to commemorate Coleman's first manufacturing site. Concurrently, the City of Wichita implemented new streets and streetscape for two consecutive city blocks.

WaterWalk’s Gander Mountain Expansion

Date completed - First Quarter 2012

Gander Mountain recently completed a 7,500 square foot expansion and store remodel. The expansion incorporates a new academy and the store’s remodel includes new signage, better site lines and a better flow to the store giving guests a better overall shopping experience.

Albert Paley Sculpture Installation
Date Completed – December 2011

Cost - $350,000

The Albert Paley Sculpture, located at the NE corner of the WaterWalk development at Waterman and Main Street, is a contemporary sculpture comprised of bronze, stainless and Cor-Ten steel. The 38-foot-tall metal sculpture is an icon for Downtown and creates a sense of place with the large surrounding plaza and bosque of River Birch trees that act as a backdrop. The sweeping upward motions of the sculpture signify Wichita's aviation heritage while the earth-tone colors of the bronze and Cor-Ten steel are suggestive of the natural environment significant to our Native America Indian heritage.

Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview
Date Completed – August 2011

Cost - $29 million

Drury Southwest has completed renovations of the Historic Broadview Hotel. The hotel offers 200 guest rooms and suites, and relocates the guest entrance and check-in to face the river; the renovations also include the construction of a skywalk connecting the parking garage with the hotel. The building’s interior has been restored to reflect the historic character of the hotel.

Riverfront Improvements

Date Completed – June 2011

Cost - $2.2 million

The Riverfront Improvements between Douglas Avenue and 2nd street include venue space, pedestrian access from Waco Street and river overlook areas. This component of improvements completes the east bank improvements connecting the Keeper of the Plains and WaterWalk. The improvements also connect to the Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Wichita Downtown
Date Completed – June 2011

Cost - $11.5 million

The new 131-room Marriott hotel opened in June 2011. The hotel is located on the northwest corner of Main and Dewey. The hotel opens onto the gardens of WaterWalk. The design of the hotel incorporates key design principles from Project Downtown, the Master Plan for Wichita.

Cargill Innovation Center

Date Completed – summer 2011
Cost - $14.7 million

The 75,000-square-foot Innovation Center is located on Wichita Street between 1st and 2nd. The new center houses a food service culinary center including a model commercial food kitchen so Cargill chefs can test and demonstrate to customers how their products perform. There is also a retail center of expertise which includes model home kitchens to showcase and simulate for retailers how Cargill products will work in shoppers' homes. The center also houses an analytical laboratory and small processing facility where the company can work on developing new products and technologies.

The Flats 324
Date Completed – 2010
Cost - $6 million

The Historic Wichita High School was converted into 66 market rate apartments with two unique apartments in the building’s old art and boiler rooms. The Flats opened in January 2010 and had 100% occupancy by July 2010.

Airbus

Date Completed – 2010
Cost - $1 million

Old Town developer Dave Burk bought the building at 238 N. Mead, the former Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, in February 2010 and leased it to Airbus. Airbus moved into the new facility in May 2010. With the expansion, Airbus added approximately 80 to 100 jobs in Wichita.

Finn Lofts
Date Completed – 2010
Cost - $3 million

A contemporary-design conversion of an historic warehouse, The Finn Lofts is the first residential and commercial project of this scale in the Commerce Arts District. Home to 27 sophisticated, state-of-the-art studios, 1 and 2 bedroom lots to rent and over 7,000 sq. ft. of office and retail space, The Finn Lofts are a new look in Downtown. The project was featured in the October 2011 edition of DWELL Magazine.

INTRUST Bank Arena

Date Completed – 2010
Cost - $205 million

The INTRUST Bank Arena is a modern, state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue, perfect for concerts and conventions alike. Located in the heart of Downtown Wichita with trendy restaurants, shops and eclectic entertainment options nearby, the INTRUST Bank Arena is the premier arena in the Midwest. The $205 million arena features 22 suites, 40 loge boxes, 300 premium seats with a total 15,000-seat capacity and will boast the top notch sporting events and entertainment with the industry's best acoustics and sound system. The arena is managed by SMG, a world-leader in venue management and booking for more than 200 arenas worldwide.

Kansas Sports Hall of Fame/Wichita Boat House

Date Completed – 2010

Cost $500,000

Renovations to the Wichita Boat House for the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame were completed in summer 2010. The Boat House now serves as the headquarters for the Hall of Fame and offers premier event rental space.

Warren Theatre

Date Completed – 2009

Cost - $1 million

Approximately $500,000 was invested in renovations with another $500,000 allocated for the digital conversion. The new Old Town Warren features the latest in movie technology, including the high-definition digital projection and new sound systems. In addition, two auditoriums have been equipped with silver screens, allowing the showing of 3-D films. The destination averages 500,000 visitors annually.

Farmers and Bankers Building

Date Completed – 2009

Cost - $293,000

Built in 1911, the Farmers and Bankers Building located at 200 E. 1st Street underwent renovations in 2009. A new roof and new interior (paint, carpet, lighting, fixtures and furniture) and long-awaited exterior façade improvements will bring the building back to its original quality, making it a prime location for doing business in the downtown core.

Carnegie Library
Date Completed – 2009
Cost - $3.9 million

After opening more than nine decades ago, and standing vacant for nine years, the Wichita Carnegie Library Building has been carefully restored to its original glory. This magnificent Beaux Arts building was a gift to the City of Wichita from steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The lavishly detailed interiors were designed by civic cultural leader and one of Wichita's most successful women, Mrs. Louise Caldwell Murdock. The building is now the new headquarters of the Commercial Banking Division of Fidelity Bank.

Garvey Center and Apartments

Date Completed – 2007

Cost - $1.54 million

This residential project converted space formerly utilized as a hotel into apartments. The developer renovated the structure into 95 residential units.

River Corridor Improvement Project
Date Completed – 2006

Cost - $37 million

This project provides pedestrian amenities and public space along the east and west banks of the Arkansas River from the Kellogg bridge to Cowtown. The Keeper of the Plains statue raises approximately 30 feet and a set of eternal flames surrounds the statue.

Lofts at St. Francis
Date Completed – 2006
Cost - $8 million

This building was converted from an empty warehouse to plush condominiums. The development features secured parking, balconies and an excellent roof top deck with a kitchen and basketball court. The property is within a block of the Downtown arena.

Courtyard by Marriott in Old Town

Date Completed – 2006
Cost - $15 million

This project converted a two-story warehouse into a four-story hotel loaded with amenities. Located in the heart of Old Town, the property features a beautiful interior lobby, an exercise room and offers breakfast.

Grant Telegraph Centre Condominiums
Date Completed – 2005

Cost - $8.71 million

This historic building rehabilitation project cost $8.71 million and created 13 condominium units for residential use. These will be the first owner-occupied residential development project in the center city. Units range from 1,600 to 4,000 square feet. Sales price for unfinished space is $75 to $100 per square foot.

The Harvester Apartments

Date Completed – 2004

Cost - $5.7 million

This historic building rehabilitation project created 47 residential units. The development includes mixed income clients.

City Arts – Old Town
Date Completed – 2004
Cost - $3.86 million

This community arts center provides classes to learn about arts and crafts projects. The building also includes gallery space that features new exhibits on a monthly basis.

Old Town Square/Movie Theatre
Date Completed – 2003
Cost - $20 million

This project includes a 6 screen movie theater, 30,000 square feet of retail space, 60,000 square feet of office space, a public plaza with interactive fountains and a 500 space parking garage offering free parking. Original Tenants include: Warren Theatre, Imbass Grill, Old Chicago, Best Cleaners, Andy’s Woods and Crafts, Zyng Noodlery, Old Town General Store, Lucinda’s, Muse E Yum and Uptown Grill. Old Town celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2011.

Old Town Square Parking Garage
Date Completed – 2003
Cost - $7.2 million

This facility includes 500 parking spaces that are free for public use. The ground floor space facing the plaza contains a number of shops and restaurants.

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