Farha Construction moves to former Woolf Brothers building for next Eyster-Ramsey project
06/15/2012 11:04 AM
06/15/2012 11:33 AM
WICHITA — It's customary for contractors to move from job to job, but lately Farha Construction has been moving from office to office, too.
"This is very unusual," says Ted Farha.
In October, the company moved into the Lux, which is the former Protection One building at First and Market that Farha Construction is helping developers Robert Eyster and Michael Ramsey convert into condos.
"It was good to be in there for a while," Farha says. "There was a lot of investigative work to do there."
This week, the company moved into another Eyster-Ramsey property at the former Woolf Brothers department store building at the southwest corner of Douglas and Market. The address used to be 111 S. Market, but they've changed it to 135 E. Douglas.
"Everybody knows where Douglas is," Farha says. "Douglas is just the main artery ... in downtown."
Ramsey says the idea is "to breath some life into that corner down there. Just having somebody in those buildings is going to help that area."
Farha Construction is taking two floors of the four-story building.
"We have a lot of work in the neighborhood, and we have a lot more work to plan," Farha says. "It's very convenient to be within walking distance of multiple projects. Not that we don't want to work in the suburbs."
Ramsey and Eyster are working on plans for a grouping of buildings they want to redevelop near Douglas and Market.
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