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250 Douglas Place goes entirely smoke free

WICHITA — In what could be the first nonsmoking apartment building in the city if not the state, 250 Douglas Place has gone entirely smoke free.

"With the progressiveness that I've seen in Wichita, I think that there is a market for that," says Larry Weber of Builders Inc., which owns the Garvey Center where the apartment building is.

A lot of apartments don't allow smoking in their common areas. Nor did 250 Douglas Place, but now residents won't be able to smoke in their rooms, either.

Before making the change, Weber conducted a survey of tenants in 143 apartments.