Tiny home village planned for Wichita is receiving opposition

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Brady Sherman, co-founder of MicroMansions Brady Sherman, co-founder of MicroMansions
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Brady Sherman proudly walks next to land that could soon house dozens of tiny homes.

He's the CEO and co-founder of MicroMansions, a community targeted for millennials and empty-nesters.

“They are luxurious, energy-efficient, affordable tiny homes with a Midwest flair," he said. "So it's more of the minimalistic lifestyle.”

The homes will start from $75,000 to $100,000, with five designs to choose from.

"The houses range from 400 to 600 square feet and there will be 90 in the first plat," Sherman said.

But this tiny home idea is causing some huge concerns from nearby neighborhoods. There's a petition trying to stop it.

Jonathan Endicott showed KAKE News a stack of several hundred signed documents opposing the tiny home village.

He said, “The sad thing is that 200 petitions really do us any good. Even 5,000 petitions wouldn't do us any good. The city council and city council member (Pete Meitzner) refuses to listen to us.

The City of Wichita is trying to annex the land from Sedgwick County. Endicott tells KAKE News that residents living nearby weren’t informed of the homes until recently.

“It's the way the developer and landowner went about pushing this through using a city loophole that basically gave the residents no say in what we can do.”

Endicott is among those who worry it could drop property values in the area. The homes nearby cost up as much as $1 million.

Dixie Schuester lives in the Cambria neighborhood located across from the new development. She’s opposed to the tiny home village and believes it will increase traffic in the already congested area.

Part of the congestion is caused by cars coming and going from Christa McAuliffe Academy.

"The traffic is already a nightmare from 143rd to Harry," Schuester said. "That was paramount because there have been a lot of wrecks that have happened due to the traffic.”

Sherman says he wasn't aware of the petition and remains optimistic about the future of his tiny home community. He says he’s been inundated with people interested in moving in once the development starts coming up.

“We’ve had well over 400 people express interest. That was something we were like, 'whoa,’” said Sherman. “I've had people tell me, ‘I want the first slot. I want that, it's mine.’”

MicroMansions co-founders are still waiting for final approvals with the city of Wichita. They’re hoping to break ground of 2019.

For those interested in a home, they most put down a $1,000 deposit to reserve their spot. According to the website, if MicroMansions doesn’t reach its goal of 15 spots, it will return the deposit.

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