Carrie Rengers

SunStone Apartment Homes at Fox Ridge Plaza to be built on Maize Road south of 37th Street

Paul Jackson at the Maize road site south of 37th Street where he’s going to build a 228-unit SunStone Apartment Homes at Fox Ridge Plaza.
Paul Jackson at the Maize road site south of 37th Street where he’s going to build a 228-unit SunStone Apartment Homes at Fox Ridge Plaza. The Wichita Eagle

Construction is set to begin at SunStone Apartment Homes at Fox Ridge Plaza, a 228-unit complex on Maize Road south of the southeast corner of 37th and Maize Road.

This is the second SunStone apartment project for Vantage Point Properties president Paul Jackson.

“They’ve been very well received in Andover,” Jackson says of the 208 units he built there last year.

The west-side apartments will kick off the new Fox Ridge Plaza, a 25-acre commercial development that Schellenberg Development and Birds Eye Holdings are building.

“We look for locations in the strongest school districts, and that Maize school district is very, very good,” Jackson says.

He says he also likes the exposure to Maize Road.

“You don’t get much better than that.”

Jackson says he looks for proximity to grocery shopping, dry cleaners and banks, all of which that area has, he says.

“We’ve got great access with traffic signals out to Maize Road,” he says. “We feel like this site has everything we look for.”

There’s a Kwik Shop on the southeast corner of 37th and Maize Road next to the Stonebridge development, which Jackson also developed.

Fox Ridge Plaza is to the south of that. The apartments will be on 14 of the development’s 25 acres. They will be on the back two thirds of the property. There’s also a six-acre lake on the property.

There will be six retail pad sites in the front of the development along Maize Road.

Developer Marv Schellenberg says he’s in the initial stages of talking to potential retail and restaurant tenants, but he says there have already been several inquiries. He says the apartments will help with that.

“It creates a lot of traffic,” Schellenberg says. “It’s a good addition to the whole Maize corridor.”

The new SunStone apartments, which will have apartments with one, two and three bedrooms, will feature the same design as the ones in Andover, though they’ll have different brick and colors.

“They’ll have their own unique look,” Jackson says.

There will be a club house, a saltwater pool and a fitness center. There also will be a car wash.

Jackson says residents of the first SunStone, which has a 78 percent occupancy rate, especially like the car wash.

“It’s kind of a cool deal.”

Jackson doesn’t describe the apartments as upscale, but he says there are finishes such as granite countertops, vaulted ceilings and large bedrooms and bathrooms.

“We’ve gone in and looked at a lot of apartments,” Jackson says of researching other complexes.

The landscape at Fox Ridge Plaza and SunStone will be similar to the tallgrass and wildflowers at Schellenberg’s nearby Fox Ridge Residential Development.

“We’re trying to blend in and complement what they’ve already done,” Jackson says. “It’s got a very Kansas feel to it.”

Conco is the contractor on the apartments, and the architect is Krehbiel Architecture. Commerce Bank is providing the financing.

Jackson says the timing is good for another SunStone.

“It’s in demand,” he says. “I love the product.”

Though he’d like to do more, Jackson isn’t making plans just yet.

“We’re kind of taking things one project at a time.”

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