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Every Year is a Building Year Downtown

While downtown has for years boasted dining and entertainment venues, especially in Old Town, the area’s backers have said residents and new space to hold them are what’s needed for it to complete the transformation.

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See inside the retro-modern LUX apartments in downtown Wichita

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Flying Unicorn attracts attention at Espresso To Go Go

He’s not as sparkly as a disco ball, but this flying unicorn is proving popular at the new Espresso To Go Go.

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Downtown Wichita can absorb more than 1,400 new residential units

Downtown planners knew five years ago that the market would be strong for housing in Wichita's core area.

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Jobs, urban lifestyle options needed to attract young professionals to downtown Wichita

Wichita needs job creation and a well-defined urban lifestyle to keep the kinds of young professionals that downtown needs to foster residential, retail and office growth, three of downtown Wichita's biggest developers said Monday.

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Downtown activity was robust in 2013

Downtown was a busy place this year, with redevelopment, new development and the continued opening of small businesses throughout the core run by entrepreneurs with a belief in downtown's future. Meanwhile, additional plans are looming for more projects, including riverside apartments, Union Station and the potential for a new or redone Century II and performing arts center.

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Candela event space to open at The LUX

The Tallgrass Film Festival used some of The LUX's first-floor space at this and last year's festivals, and now a couple of those areas are going to officially open to the public as event space.

Candela is the name for two areas that will be available to rent for parties, business meetings and other events at The LUX, which is at the northwest corner of First and Market.

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A look inside the retro and modern (and cool) LUX downtown

Tenants this month began moving into The LUX, the former downtown offices of Protection One at First and Market, which are being converted into modern apartments.

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Wichita's The LUX begins leasing; apartments opening Oct. 1

The LUX apartment building in downtown Wichita will begin housing tenants on Oct. 1.

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The LUX developers begin residential leasing

Almost two years to the day that Robert Eyster and Michael Ramsey announced their LUX development, the first residential users will begin moving into the building at the northwest corner of First and Market.

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The LUX to include the Essential residential unit

What's essential to one downtown dweller isn't necessarily the same to another, so Robert Eyster and Michael Ramsey are trying to appeal to all tastes in their new LUX development at First and Market.

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Downtown builds on dynamic year

Wichita, your downtown may be cooler than you think.

Just ask Jay Olshonsky, president of NAI Global.

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Almost $100M in downtown projects done in 2012, and much more coming

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.

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Consultants surprised at downtown progress

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.

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Downtown Development Corporation Lecture Series

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.

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The LUX Secures its First Commercial Tenant

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.

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Some remnants of The LUX being transformed into artwork

The LUX buzz continues — this time with materials from the downtown building being transformed into art.

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Bricktown leader to speak in Wichita on downtown renovation

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.

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Renovated Apartments Aid Downtown Revitalization

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.

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Wichita is seeing a surge in residential rentals

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.

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The LUX's virtual tour of two-bedroom apartment debuts

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.

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The LUX to offer family residences downtown

Among the residential projects under way in downtown Wichita is one with a unique market demographic.

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LEED, Sustainability & The LUX Lecture

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.

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The LUX provides peek at one-bedroom layout

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.

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The LUX offers 3-D tour of future apartments

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.

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Wichita's The LUX project going for gold

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.

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Partners envision big city life in downtown Wichita

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.

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Latest LUX tease is a 'video' from its past

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.

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The LUX apartments to fill former Protection One building

Downtown soon will be home to new luxury apartments and condominiums.

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Robert Eyster purchases the former Protection One building with plans for new residential and commercial development

It's getting to the point you can't call Robert Eyster and Michael Ramsey nascent developers any longer.

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Eyster Properties buys former Protection One building downtown

Eyster Properties has purchased the former Protection One Building in downtown Wichita and plans to convert it into upscale apartments.

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Former Protection One Building to Become The LUX

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.