WICHITA — Almost two years to the day that Robert Eyster and Michael Ramsey announced their Lux development, the first residential users will begin moving into the building at the northwest corner of First and Market.
"This building is going to be amazing, and this is just the beginning of something special downtown," says Jeremy Luginbill of Lifeboat Creative.
Leasing starts today for apartments on the third floor – the first residential available at the building – which will be ready Oct. 1.
"We're going to have pretty much a smattering of all the different units," Luginbill says.
That includes units with one and two bedrooms. The Lux's only three-bedroom unit will be on that floor as well. It will be almost 1,900 square feet.
Options also include the Essential units, which are streamlined units of about 500 square feet.
All of the initial available units are apartments.
"We will not be doing condos at this point," Luginbill says.
He says the developers have been "meeting some challenges through the process" because of their commitment to meeting LEED standards.
"We're just trying to make sure they're done right rather than just quickly," Luginbill says.
He says Eyster and Ramsey could settle for silver or bronze LEED levels, but he says that's not good enough.
"Making sure that we meet gold ... is what our goal is."
The third floor will have a green roof. Luginbill says from his research, this will be the first green roof in downtown Wichita.
"It's going to be a self-sustaining roof," he says.