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Eaton Place to aggressively seek new commercial tenants

WICHITA — Along with the current effort at downtown revitalization, Eaton Place is looking to revive its commercial occupancy.

Leo Goseland of Plaza Real Estate is heading that effort.

"We're on a really, really good predevelopment synergy . . . between business, government and national advisors to make this a pretty cool downtown," he says. "We'd like to be one of the anchors to that."

He says Eaton Place, which at 517 E. Douglas, has gone through several phases in recent years.

"The first generation was nobody and artists back in 2001."

Then, he says, "It kind of became offices."

That was followed by "a restaurant that we were really proud of for a while."

That was Eaton Steakhouse, which Eaton Place evicted last year for failure to pay rent.

"We're really still trying to focus on a restaurant," Goseland says. "One of the things that's kind of the problem is the size of it."

The first-floor area is 10,000 square feet.

Goseland says the space can be pared down to 7,000 square feet by closing off the mezzanine area, "which would be really cool office space."