There are already a couple of projects underway near the northeast corner of 21st and Webb Road, and now there are about to be a couple more.
“Right now we have two parcels under contract,” says Paul Gray of Graycon Building Group.
He plans to build two retail centers along 21st Street just east of the Commerce Bank on the corner.
“I’ve always liked that corner,” Gray says. “I see it as the best available property in northeast Wichita that has access and is available. Everything in that area is already built out.”
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His first parcel will be in front of the Opti-Life Center fitness facility, which is now under construction.
There’s also a planned emergency-care facility that Kansas Medical Center will operate.
Gray’s buildings, which he hopes to start on in late fall, will have a combined square footage of about 21,000 square feet.
The first center he’ll build will be 9,500 square feet.
“We want that opened early spring.”
Gray says he wants to start on the next center, which will be between 10,000 and 13,000 square feet, before the first one is done.
He says the centers will have retail and restaurants, though he says he can’t talk about specific tenants yet.
“We’re ready to jump right in,” Gray says. “We think it’s just a fantastic piece of property.”
He says the area has high traffic and great demographics.
Gray is purchasing the land from Slawson Cos.
“Slawson held onto that dirt for a very long time, and, honestly, I think they made the right decision.”
Gray says that “a lot of energy is going to be created” with Opti-Life.
“It’s not that often that you have that much critical mass ready to come in at one time,” he says.
Gray thinks his project will fit in well.
“We think it’ll do fantastic.”