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Arena already spurring redevelopment

unionstation1Plans for the former Union Station sound promising and are an example of how the Intrust Bank Arena is spurring redevelopment, even in a down economy. Phil Frigon of Cantilever Wichita hopes to close on purchasing Union Station in the next 90 to 120 days and plans tenant announcements soon after. Steve Martens of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group said that the arena's proximity was a big factor in marketing the landmark building, which first opened in 1914. And as Jeff Fluhr, president of the Wichita Downtown Development Corp., noted, "adding retail and hospitality to the arena neighborhood is a huge win for downtown."