Do you ever drive around town and think to yourself "I wonder what that construction site is going to end up being?" Here is a list of the current construction projects happening around town.
Hinkle Law Firm Building
Hinkle Law Building
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Where: Waterfront Development- 13th and Webb
What: New 7 Story facility
Use: Mix of office, restaurant and retail.
Developer: Murfin Inc
Architect: LK Architecture
The building will be built and owned by Murfin Inc., and it will sit up against the Waterfront's shoreline. It will be a mixed use building feature offices, retail shops and restaurants. Three of the seven floors will be occupied by Hinkle Law Firm, for whom the structure will be named. The building was designed to have an attractive and open feel with multiple terraces overlooking the Waterfront Lake. Construction is scheduled ot be completed as soon as August of 2016.
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Where: West Bank of Arkansas River - at First and McLean
What: 4 Story Apartment Complex
Use: Residential, with a second phase of commercial retail to be completed later.
Developer: George Laham
Architect: Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architects
The complex will overlook the river and feature one-bedroom, two-bedroom, studio, and loft apartment options. A 20,000 square-foot retail space was originally in the plans to be for the second phase of the project, however, it has been deemed unfeasible at that location and at this time. Instead, the number of units have been increased from 153 to 204. Other amenities, such as bike and boat rentals, are still included in the plans.
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Where: Southwest Corner of Douglas and Mead
What: Renovation and revitalization of the Union Station Campus, including the Grand Hotel, the Rock Island depot and baggage facility, and the pavilions around the Union Station building itself.
Use: Mixed use
Developer: Occidental Management
Architect: SPT Architecture
This historic and iconic site is being renovated and rejuvenated to include new commercial and office space, as well as adding a new plaza, in which restaurant kiosks will be located. The plaza will also be wired to allow for outdoor concerts. This new development will help better link the Oldtown and Arena neighborhoods, as well as increase the walkability of downtown.
Pinnacle Lofts & Apartments
Pinnacle Lofts & Apartments
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Where: Central and Waco
What: A new 70-unit apartment complex
Developer: Jeff Englert and Nathan Farha
Architect: 3ten Studios
Situated in between the Riverside neighborhood and downtown, the new property will house 33 lofts, 17 two-bedroom units, and 20 one-bedroom units. Plans also include a suite of security measures including gated access, cameras, and smart key technology.
Other Renovations to Existing Buildings
Several buildings in Wichita are getting face lifts, expansions, or new interiors.
An additional 72 new one and two bedroom apartment units will be constructed along St. Francis Street. Flats 324 is currently located in the Historic Wichita High School building that has been converted from classrooms to loft apartments.
125 N. Market
Renovations will include refinishing of common areas, upgrading infrastructure, repairing the walkway to exchange place, and conversion of the 19th floor into a reception and events area.
The construction of 22 lofts, work studios, creative offices, two brownstones, and a cafe, has begun. The building, upon completion, is expected to promote connectivity with neighboring buildings and increased foot traffic for Final Friday.
The current construction is part of a 6 phase project. Phase one is currently underway, and includes the repairing and refurbishing of existing facility amenities and decorative pieces. Phases two through six are to include facility and lobby expansions, as well as restoration to the auditorium and stage house.
Exchange Place and Bitting Buildings
240 Residential units are to be added along Douglas Ave. A parking garage and retail space are also included in the development plans.