Carrie Rengers

Outdoor food court could open near College Hill

The new Revolutsia at Central and Volutsia will feature an outdoor food court development that will use shipping containers as some of its buildings.
The new Revolutsia at Central and Volutsia will feature an outdoor food court development that will use shipping containers as some of its buildings. Courtesy illustration

UPDATED – In addition to the possible new west-side DQ Grill & Chill, the planning commission on Thursday also considered a new development on the southwest corner of Central and Volutsia.

Bokeh Development’s Michael Ramsey is the applicant for a mixed-use development that has a big focus on food.

The development, called Revolutsia, would reconfigure a couple of existing commercial buildings and add shipping containers to be used as buildings as well.

A planning department report says the development would feature “the innovative use of interconnected, portable storage containers as the primary building design, with outdoor seating areas throughout the site.”

The focus is an outdoor food court that would have food that’s been cooked elsewhere. There could be a limited retail and office component as well.

Ramsey is seeking a planned unit development instead of the limited commercial zoning that’s there because it would allow for some exceptions he wants. That includes being able to build up to the property line along Central.

Also, instead of having 30 parking spaces that a project of this size normally would require, Ramsey wants a walkability aspect at the development and is seeking 10 spots that he could then augment by attracting visitors through walking and transit means.

A District Advisory Board gave a unanimously vote for the PUD change on Monday as did the planning commission on Thursday. The issue now goes to the Wichita City Council on July 11.

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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