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Multigenerational residential concept to debut at the Oaks in Derby this spring

02/14/2014 11:13 AM

06/25/2014 5:53 PM

WICHITA — In an effort to attract more interest at the Oaks in Derby, residential and commercial developer Bill Lusk is debuting a new concept there this spring.

"He charged me with the task of figuring out how we can get some fresh traffic down there," says Scott Shanks, Lusk's sales manager for residential communities.

"We needed some way to get (real estate agents) to say, 'Hey, I'll come down there and look at your community and look at your concept.'"

Shanks came from Denver where he says he was part of an initiative to help families with multigenerational residential needs, such as baby boomers who are helping care for elderly parents.

The concept is "designed basically to be a home within a home," Shanks says. "So from the street it looks like any other home."

Inside, there's a traditional entry into the home with a family room, kitchen, master bath and laundry. Then down the hall, where secondary bedrooms usually would be, there's a door that opens to a kitchenette, family room, another large bedroom with a bathroom, a laundry room and a one-car garage with a private entrance, meaning whoever lives in the second area never has to go through the main house.

There are several floor plans from which to choose. The spaces will be separately heated and cooled.

"So a person could basically function like it's their own home," Shanks says, " ... without it totally interrupting the privacy of the family."

He says families can finance homes together.

Shanks calls it "a solution that's never been offered" in this area previously.

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Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

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