Carrie Rengers

Work begins on Cadillac Lake development at 29th and Maize Road

Dirt work is underway at the southeast corner of 29th and Maize at the Cadillac Lake development, where there will be a commercial development and a wetlands nature park.
Dirt work is underway at the southeast corner of 29th and Maize at the Cadillac Lake development, where there will be a commercial development and a wetlands nature park. The Wichita Eagle

Slawson Cos. has started work at the Cadillac Lake property – named for the lake there – at the southeast corner of 29th and Maize Road.

The property is north of Slawson’s NewMarket Square, which starts at 21st and Maize Road and extends north.

“It’ll be branded differently,” says Slawson’s Jerry Jones. “It’s really going to be more of a mixed-use development instead of a typical shopping center.”

The 34-acre development will be along the west side of the lake.

Jones says he’s working on deals for retail, restaurants and a possible hotel.

“What they’re doing now is a mass grading project,” he says. “Included in that … are really three components.”

The first is excavating an extension of the city’s flood control project, Jones says. That includes a large dry storm detention basin.

The second part of the project is taking dirt from that excavation and placing it on the land where the 34-acre commercial development will go.

The third component is enhancing wetlands that the company gave the city for an urban wetlands park.

“It’s been a wetlands, and it’s going to continue to be a wetlands,” says Troy Houtman, director of parks and recreation.

Slawson donated about 40 acres to the city. That acreage is next to 50 other acres that the city owns. The city now plans a nature park for all of it, which will include a walking trail around the wetlands and interpretive signage for vegetation and wildlife in the area. Houtman says the property is a migratory water spot.

“So it’s pretty exciting stuff,” he says. “When anybody gives you 40 acres, you say, ‘Thank you.’ … That’s a huge gift for us. Unexpected as well.”

The park will be named Pracht Wetlands after the family who owned the property for almost a century.

Houtman says the city is waiting on some of the major commercial work to be done before it begins its portion of the project.

“It’s kind of hard to do one on top of another.”

He says the city will work on a nature park design this summer and fall and then present it to neighbors and others to get feedback.

“It’s going to take some time,” Houtman says. “We just want to make sure we do it the right way.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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