Business

Four major developers vie for site near downtown Wichita

City officials and members of the Library Foundation break ground for the new library at the southeast corner of McLean and Second Street in July. The city has received proposals for another development to be built near where the library and River Vista apartments are under construction.
City officials and members of the Library Foundation break ground for the new library at the southeast corner of McLean and Second Street in July. The city has received proposals for another development to be built near where the library and River Vista apartments are under construction. The Wichita Eagle

The city of Wichita has received early proposals from four developers for about 7 acres in two parcels of land in Delano.

The development will be on vacant city-owned land close to major projects now under construction at Second and McLean Boulevard: the new library and River Vista apartments.

The parcels, of 4.6 acres and 2.6 acres, are southwest of that intersection and are split by North Sycamore Street.

The four parties are: Ruffin Cos., Johnny Stevens, Delano Partners LLC and EPC Real Estate Group. The first three are locally based, while EPC is based in Kansas City, Mo.

The four submitted packets containing a description of their project; the names of the project team and sources of funding; track record; proposed tenants; financial plan and budget; and the benefit to the city.

A city committee will review the proposals and invite some or all of the developers in for interviews in the first week of September. Those that are still in the running will appear at a community meeting in a few weeks.

The proposals are not public information until that meeting, Assistant City Manager Scot Rigby said Wednesday.

The proposals must be submitted in final form by Oct. 14 and will be selected by Dec. 16. The city will negotiate final terms with the winner.

According to the city bid guidelines, the winning project will be a mixed use development, which means office space or apartments on upper floors, with retail, office and restaurant space on the first floor; architecture compatible with the surrounding development; at least two stories; mostly on-street parking; a public greenway and a public plaza.

Dan Unruh, the lead developer behind Delano Partners, said he was impressed with the identity and number of the competitors.

“That is really encouraging,” he said. “It’s an indication of just how the exciting this development opportunity is for Wichita.”

Stevens, one of the developers, agreed and said he didn’t think it would need to have any residential space, with River Vista going in across the street.

“It’s a great site,” he said. “It’s right there off of downtown, and Delano is doing well.”

Dan Voorhis: 316-268-6577, @danvoorhis

  Comments