Northrock’s final building set for Jan. 1 completion

11/06/2013 4:27 PM

11/06/2013 4:29 PM

The developer of a 17-acre business park opened 30 years ago in northeast Wichita expects construction on the park’s final building to be complete by the start of the new year.

Ross Way, partner in Anderson Management, the developer and manager of Northrock Business Park at 3450 N. Rock Road, said Wednesday that construction on the company’s 18th building is proceeding and on track for completion by Jan. 1.

“They’ll meet that (date) with no problem,” Way said of the building’s contractor, Conco Construction.

Way said the 17,500-square-foot building, designed by Krehbiel Architecture, will be offered as flex space, meaning it can be used and configured as office and warehouse.

“This is the last one we can build and we’ll have about 300,000 square feet (of buildings in Northrock),” he said. The building, to be known as building No. 1500, will be at 8201 E. 34th Circle North, the southwest corner of 34th and Comotara.

He declined to disclose the cost of the new building, though a Sedgwick County building permit lists it at $700,000.

Way also said he was not ready to disclose the names of potential tenants for the building.

He said the park is 95 percent occupied, and attributes that to what he calls its niche of offering Class A flex space. Its location doesn’t hurt, either.

“Northeast has always been a good business location and will always be a good business location,” Way said. “Having K-96 located next to us is a huge advantage for our tenants.”

Northrock’s first tenant remains a tenant today, except with a different name. Way said NCR Corp.’s chip testing facility, now Integra Technologies, was the park’s opening tenant in 1983.

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