Wichita city leaders to vote on new apartments, retail space

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Big changes could be coming to a lifeless portion of downtown Wichita.

Developers want to spruce up the old Spaghetti Works building near Intrust Bank Arena by turning it into a 41-unit apartment complex. The proposed project would also turn the parking lot north of the building into a mixed-use, two-story building for restaurants, businesses and retail.

"I think it would be a really great update to Wichita. Especially since it's been kind of vacant for so long," Old Town visitor, Lauren Doshier said.

"It's very modern. Very cosmopolitan. We need that here in Wichita," said Lori Ellison-Zuercher.

The investment carries a $23 million price tag. Nick Esterline, with TGC Development Group, says despite building on top of the 132 space parking lot, there will still be plenty of spaces.

"With our project, there will be about 90 stalls," Esterline said.

Developers say they're confident placing something of this magnitude here is a smart move.

On Tuesday, the Wichita City Council will vote on whether to approve tax incentives to pay for the project. Esterline says it's piggybacking off the latest upgrades and construction happening in the area.

"We just feel like this was a great opportunity to tie all that together and put that last puzzle piece in place that creates a great atmosphere and a connecting point for all of downtown to circulate," Esterline said.

If the tax package is approved, Esterline says they'll start construction on the apartments before April 2018.

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