Missouri firm plans 184-unit apartment complex at 29th and Ridge

Rick Huffman thinks the Wichita market needs Class A apartments, which is why his company plans a $20 million complex for northwest Wichita.

HCW, based in Missouri, said Tuesday it will begin construction in July of a 184-unit luxury apartment complex northeast of 29th and Ridge.

Called the Vue, the complex will have 80 one-bedroom, 96 two-bedroom and eight three-bedroom apartments. It will have covered parking as well as 30 individual private garages, and a 5,500-square-foot clubhouse.

Each unit will have granite countertops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, plank flooring throughout and 9-foot-high ceilings.

“The market’s been underserved for quite awhile, and the thing about Wichita is there has not been much in the way of a true Class A project built,” said Huffman, who grew up in Wichita. “That’s what caught our attention the most.”

It would be the second apartment complex under construction in northwest Wichita, with the other being the 138-unit Bennington Place complex near 21st and Maize.

“It’s gated so it’s secured 24 hours a day,” Huffman said. “Just a little bit more like you’d see in a Dallas market or Phoenix.

“We think it will sustain the market out there right now.”

Completion of the first units are expected in June 2014.

Summit Dck in Phoenix is the general contractor, and Butler Rosenbury & Partners of Springfield, Mo., is the architect.

HCW is a Branson-based commercial and residential development and construction management company that also operates a dozen apartment complexes in Arizona, Kansas and Missouri, including five in Wichita: Broadmoor at Chelsea, Lincoln Meadows, Parkside Apartments, the Quarters at Cambridge and Woodbridge Apartments.

Company partner Sam Catanese is based in Wichita.