Carrie Rengers

Broadway Autopark contractor does work for unexpected tenant: himself

Farha Construction has been helping to convert the former Broadway Autopark into apartments and commercial space for, in part as it turns out, itself.
Farha Construction has been helping to convert the former Broadway Autopark into apartments and commercial space for, in part as it turns out, itself. Courtesy photo

After doing much of the remodeling work for the new Broadway Autopark Apartments, Ted Farha of Farha Construction is finishing some ground-level commercial space at the downtown building for an unexpected tenant: himself.

“I love the building,” Farha says. “It’ll be fun.”

Michael Ramsey and Robert Eyster of Bokeh Development are converting the former Broadway Autopark, a 1949 parking garage at Broadway and English, into the 44-unit apartments.

There’s just a bit of commercial space in the 101,000-square-foot, five-story building.

McDonald’s franchisees and cousins Michael Lane and Joe Lane are taking 2,000 square feet at the building for their offices and for training classes.

Originally, strategic branding agency Apples & Arrows was going to take the 3,500 square feet where Farha Construction is going to go, but founder and chief strategist Todd Ramsey (no relation to Michael) decided against it.

“It was an amazing property and something we really wanted to be a part of,” Todd Ramsey says.

He decided it was too big, though.

Ramsey says he’s returning to the original vision he had for his agency to “keep things lean and small.”

Apples & Arrows currently is at the southwest corner of Douglas and Market in the same building where Farha Construction is.

“We are still looking at our options,” Ramsey says.

Farha Construction will move late next month.

The company will be in the space that oilman John Knightley, who built the building, used to occupy.

“It’s a cool space,” Farha says.

He’s needed some help from Michael Ramsey with some decorating choices.

“There aren’t a lot of choices to make, but I still don’t like to make them,” Farha says.

“I’m no decorator,” he says. “I tell everybody my taste is in my mouth.”

Daniel Gensch of Shelden Architecture explains how the firm, developers Michael Ramsey and Robert Eyster and a few others are transforming the former Broadway Autopark into apartments. (Carrie Rengers/The Wichita Eagle / July 6, 2016)

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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