Demolition process begins on Mead's Corner

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The fight to save one of the oldest buildings in downtown is over. Mead's corner is set to be demolished. Just over a year ago Mead's Corner closed it's doors for the final time. On Tuesday, crews were setting up gates around the coffee shop, the first steps in the demolition and re-building project. 

Mead's Corner might not look like it now, but it was a popular place for more than a century. It was used for much more than just a coffee shop. Businesses like hotels, hat shops and apartments all utilized the space.

Now, a developer is taking over and has a new vision for the corner of Emporia and Douglas. But some Wichita locals are disappointed to see the original building replaced. "I mean it's really sad. Especially knowing it's going to be more office buildings. Like we've got plenty of those, i feel like," says Joanna Stock. 

The new structure will consist of roughly four stories of office spaces along with some retail storefronts. The developer didn't release an exact timeline, but fences were put up around mead's corner just a year after it closed. 

"They were a really good coffee shop that was working on very little resources," says Stock.

Some Mead's Corner regulars are hopeful the new space will be much more than just another office building. They're excited to see the final project.

KAKE News reached out to the developer and they told us they're not ready to release any details about the project yet. We'll continue to update you about what to expect for the space when we learn more. 

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