Wichita, your downtown may be cooler than you think.
Just ask Jay Olshonsky, president of NAI Global.
Two years from now, this city will not look be the same, Jeff Fluhr, president of Wichita Downtown Development Corp., told the Wichita City Council on Tuesday.
It's been two years since David Dixon was last in downtown Wichita.
"It's literally impressive," he said of the progress on downtown revitalization since he was last in town.
Former Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphries, the second of three mayors who helped grow the city's downtown Bricktown entertainment and office district, will be the keynote speaker at the Downtown Development Corporation Lecture Series, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
The federal government’s Defense Contract Management Agency and its 45 employees will be moving into almost 10,000 square feet at the building, which is the former Protection One office at the northwest corner of First and Market.
The Lux buzz continues — this time with materials from the downtown building being transformed into art.
Former Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphries, the second of three mayors who presided over the growth of the city’s downtown Bricktown entertainment, sports and office district, will be the keynote speaker for this fall’s Wichita Downtown Development Corp. lecture luncheon series.
Turning something old, new again, that's the mission at The Lux -- one of the newest downtown apartment renovations.
The developer of the building wants to create modern apartments, while maintaining the character of the original building.
But perhaps the most unique aspect of these apartments is the sense of community the developers are trying to create.
The former Kansas Gas and Electric or KG&E building in downtown Wichita (120 E. First Street) is being renovated to become a new, modern living apartment building called The Lux.
In her three-part Downtown Development Projects series, KMUW’s Carla Eckels went on a tour with developer Mike Ramsey who discussed future plans of the seven-story building.
The residential rental market looks to be on the upswing.
And businesspeople are responding. Real estate firms such as J.P. Weigand & Sons are getting into the business of residential property management. Property management firms are adding inventory to meet demand. And developers are undertaking new projects or planning to add new apartment complexes.
The creative minds behind marketing for The Lux residential/commercial project downtown are at it again with another online appetite-whetter of what a two-bedroom unit at the downtown property will look like.
Among the residential projects under way in downtown Wichita is one with a unique market demographic.
Learn about LEED at the next AIA/USGBC luncheon, hosted at The LUX! Our architectural firm, El Dorado, Inc will be giving a lecture on LEED, Sustainability and The LUX on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at The LUX. All are welcome! For more information, please see the invitation and be sure to RSVP by Monday, April 23.
The latest Lux tidbit, or tease, came out Wednesday.
Marketers of The Lux, the downtown residential and commercial project slated to open early next year in the former Protection One building downtown, revealed one-bedroom floorplans for the site at First and Market and offering a virtual tour online.
Downtown developers Robert Eyster and Michael Ramsey are using the Internet and social media Wednesday to debut a sneak peak of what the new Lux apartments will look like.
Developers of The Lux residential and commercial project under way in downtown Wichita are trying to make the project stand out for more than its mix of retro and progressive styling.
They want it to represent a progressive attitude toward the environment, too, by seeking to be Wichita’s first LEED gold-certified commercial building in the city. Part of that includes reusing many of the elements of the 1950s-era building’s past.
Few developers have been as busy in downtown Wichita as Michael Ramsey and Robert Eyster
They’re the duo behind The Lux, a commercial-residential project under way at the former Protection One building at First and Market, as well as five other properties they bought last year in the city center — action that earned them selection by the Wichita Business Journal as Newsmakers for 2011.
Wichita will never be New York, but the Big Apple is Robert Eyster’s inspiration for redeveloping downtown.
The longtime Wichita orthopedic surgeon used to visit New York on weekends in the 1990s when his wife was in law school. Even though he lost sleep with action-packed itineraries in the big city, he regularly returned invigorated.
Representatives of The Lux, the name for the residential-commercial project planned for the former Protection One building in downtown Wichita, released another look at the building’s history and a peek at what’s to come with a new video Wednesday.
Downtown soon will be home to new luxury apartments and condominiums.
It’s getting to the point you can’t call Robert Eyster and Michael Ramsey nascent developers any longer.
Eyster Properties has purchased the former Protection One Building in downtown Wichita and plans to convert it into upscale apartments.
Wichita, KS (October 5, 2011) — The building at 120 East First Street, formerly Protection One, has a new owner. LUX Building, LLC, a project of Eyster Properties, has purchased the seven-story office building, for an undisclosed amount, with plans to provide a downtown living environment, called The LUX, targeted toward people who want the excitement and convenience of urban living.
The building’s original 1950s character and architectural features will be maintained and repurposed with a modern design approach.
The LUX is set on developing a unique sense of community and place in downtown Wichita. "We want it to be a lifestyle choice, to be THE place to live and work downtown. Most everything a family, couple or single person would need would be in the building itself or within walking distance," The LUX representative said. "We really want to pursue an urban living model that is new to Wichita."
El Dorado, Inc. is the architectural firm on the project and Farha Construction is the contractor. The building will be managed by Builders, Inc. For more information, visit www.theluxliving.com.