Carrie Rengers

Filling of Douglas pit has begun

The space along Douglas Avenue that will be transformed into a pop-up park this summer, which is a little later than planned.
The space along Douglas Avenue that will be transformed into a pop-up park this summer, which is a little later than planned. File photo

At long last, the filling of the former pit along Douglas Avenue between Main and Market has begun.

“We’re excited to see the dirt moving today,” says Jeff Fluhr, Wichita Downtown Development president.

An almost $150,000 Knight Foundation Fund grant, administered through the Wichita Community Foundation, is creating the park where developers Robert Eyster and Michael Ramsey eventually plan a Class A building when the timing is right.

The holdup has been waiting on dirt from a couple of new projects.

That includes the new Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County headquarters, which will be at the former Lincoln Elementary School. That work has now started.

More dirt will come from the new River Vista project as well.

Fluhr says within two or three weeks, the hole should be filled. Then the dirt will be compacted, and Fluhr says it’s then just a matter of “putting the finishing touches on it.”

He says it’s good timing with everything else happening downtown.

“Hopefully people really sense there’s a movement in downtown.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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