Carrie Rengers

January 21, 2014

Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas to move to New Leaf Plaza

The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, which has had been at the former Commerce Bank building at First and Main downtown, is moving to the New Leaf shopping center at 21st and Amidon.

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WICHITA — The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas is turning over a New Leaf, so to speak, and moving to the shopping center of the same name at 21st and Amidon.

"I really think it's going to be a perfect location for their new home, although some would have liked for it to stay downtown, I suppose," says City Council member Jeff Longwell.

"They are at least for a little bit going to keep some of the administration stuff down in the Garvey building," he says.

The Workforce Alliance had been at the former Commerce Bank building at First and Main downtown and had to scramble to find new space along with other tenants there when building issues, such as a broken elevator and suspended gas service, forced them to go elsewhere.

A site a few blocks down from First and Washington is where the Workforce Alliance temporarily is until the new space is ready.

Longwell says that initially the Workforce Alliance will take about 26,000 square feet at New Leaf, which is on the southwest corner of the intersection and is home to a Walmart Neighborhood Market.

He says it "is going to be a really nice space."

"It's a good location, easily accessible, on a bus route," Longwell says. "I really like that whole area. It's kind of coming back a little bit."

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