Wichita announces plans for new downtown Ballpark District
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - More development is coming to downtown Wichita and the Delano community.
The City of Wichita and EPC Real Estate Group announced on Tuesday plans for a “Ballpark District” located next to Riverfront Stadium. The mixed-use space, comprised of three buildings, will include a full-service hotel, office, retail and restaurant space. Improvements to the west bank of the Arkansas River are also included.
The hotel, Unscripted Wichita, will serve as an anchor to the new development. Set to open in 2024, the hotel will feature 155 guest rooms, multiple food and beverage offerings, an indoor-outdoor rooftop bar and lounge concept with “sweeping views of the downtown skyline and Riverfront Stadium, along with a signature restaurant on the street level, transforming the section of S. McLean Blvd between Maple and Texas Streets into a communal gathering place for visitors and Wichitans alike,” according to the city.
An additional 120,000 square feet of space will make room for office, retail and restaurant space and an attached 283-stall parking garage. Shared fitness and conference space, private patios, electric car charging stations, and high-efficiency buildings are all a part of the design. For more information, visit www.ballpark-district.com.
“Make it not just a place where people can stay, not just a place of commerce, but a place where people can walk down pathways, go look at the river and enjoy the building, enjoy the atmosphere,” Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple said.
Wichita Riverfront LP CEO Jordan Kobritz said the coming developments will be mutually beneficial for the Wind Surge and the businesses.
“People are going to come and eat at the restaurant, maybe get a drink at the bark in the hotel or other bars or restaurants around here and walk to the event,” Kobritz said. “And then, even after the game, people are going to go back out into the community and partake in all the entertainment options available around the ballpark.”
The development has been a long time coming. When the Wind Surge announced their move to Wichita, the city bought the land around the ballpark for projects like this. The plan is for businesses to help the city repay the costs of the land brought for the Wind Surge.
“Will not only provide a place for folks who are coming here for sporting events to stay at, but also it’s going to help us pay down the debt by expanding the tax base when people are spending money in this local area,” Whipple said.
Kobritz said the new developments are not the only thing they have up their sleeves for the Ballpark District.
“We have another lot around here that we will develop,” he said. “We don’t know exactly what or when, but we hope to be making announcements on all of that fairly soon.”
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