WICHITA — The multifaceted Tierra Verde Development near 47th and Webb in Bel Aire will be under construction within a month.
"It's really coming together a lot better than we expected with the economy being such that it is," says architect Paul Cavanaugh, who is partnering with Terrie and Stephen Grillot on the 77-acre project.
The three are about to begin a bid process to build roads in the development, where they are buying another 80 acres and have an option for 70 more.
Construction of the first phase — which includes a spa and sports complex — will begin as soon as the first roads are in.
Several years ago, Terrie Grillot had a vision for a surgical recovery spa. After a potential deal with a local country club didn't work out, she began looking for land to start one from scratch.
That's when she first talked with Cavanaugh about possibly being the architect for the project.
"The more I got involved with it, the more I realized it was really a good thing for a lot of different reasons," Cavanaugh says.
The development's green approach — with sustainable and recyclable materials — is partly what attracted him.
"We're trying to make it a green, Earth-friendly development, and I thought that was really worthwhile," he says.
Terrie Grillot and Cavanaugh have made deals or are in final negotiations for several deals in the first phase. They include:
– The Healing Center at Tierra Verde, which Terrie Grillot and physician Lisa Weber will partner to develop. It will be, in part, a place for patients to prepare or recover from procedures elsewhere.