Daily Archives: Feb. 15, 2012

Watercress developer faces charges in dispute with Fiddler’s Cove developer

WICHITA — A dispute between two Maize developers has escalated to charges being filed against one of them.

Watercress developer and lawyer LewJene Schneider has an April 4 court date over charges that were filed in September.

Neither Schneider nor her lawyer will comment on the situation because of her pending court date.

Schneider faces misdemeanor theft and damage of property charges in Maize Municipal Court for allegedly taking a competitor’s signs from city property near her development.

“We finally decided we’ve got to put a stop to this,” says Fiddler’s Cove developer Bob Scott. “Our real estate signs have disappeared for three years in a row.”

Scott says he placed directional signs on a city easement to help people find Fiddler’s Cove, which is accessible only through Watercress, near 37th and Maize Road.

Scott says he complained to police when the signs began disappearing and eventually started calling daily to complain. Finally, he says, police used a surveillance camera to figure out what was going on.

“They called and said, ‘We have the problem solved,’ ” Scott says. “I knew who it was all the time. … There was no motivation for anybody else to do it.”

Scott says he and Schneider have had several differences.

“We’ve had many conversations in the last three years, and it’s not a friendly conversation.”

Scott says he’s paid about $250,000 toward road and other improvements near the entrance of Watercress. He says part of that money went toward the Watercress sign, which he says he spent because he thought there was an agreement to eventually have a sign for Fiddler’s Cove.

“I made the agreement,” Scott says. “It was my fault.”

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You don’t say

“Clearly, I overstudied.”

Exacta Aerospace CFO Seth Albin, who recently won an award for scoring in the top 10 out of tens of thousands of people who took the 2010 CPA exam

Plexus Inc. opens and leases space near Intrust Bank Arena

WICHITA — Business partners Shawn Spaeny and Nick Holt have started Plexus Inc. to sell high-definition surveillance cameras.

“High-quality surveillance is what we do,” Spaeny says.

The two have been in the business previously but decided to open their own place in almost 3,000 square feet at 535 S. Emporia.

“Seems prime, doesn’t it?” Spaeny says of being located just south of Intrust Bank Arena.

Ted Branson of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

In addition to offering new cameras, Spaeny says Plexus will offer service on other surveillance cameras as well.

“We’re ramping up all areas of that operation.”


Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group to do real estate forecasts at Wichita Area Outlook Conference

WICHITA — After a decade of doing commercial real estate forecasts every January, Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group is now going to partner with Wichita State University’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research to do the forecasts each fall.

Steve Martens’ company will be a major sponsor of the Wichita Area Outlook Conference and provide an exclusive commercial real estate forecast at the conference.

“We feel it is a stronger avenue for us to reach customers and clients with relevant commercial real estate information,” Martens says.

It’s a bigger one, too, since CEDBR director Jeremy Hill is expanding the conference’s reach.

“It’ll give us statewide coverage,” Martens says.

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State closes west-side EconoLodge

UPDATED –The state has closed the EconoLodge at 600 S. Holland near Kellogg and Ridge for nonpayment of taxes.

At noon Tuesday, officials from the state Department of Revenue and the Alcoholic Beverage Control seized the assets of Petali Inc., which Bhupendra Patel owns.

Patel couldn’t be reached for comment.

A Tennessee bank, Community South, and the Small Business Administration also have filed to foreclose on the business. There will be a Feb. 29 sheriff’s sale of the property.

According to state documents, Patel owes $230,629.68 in transient guest taxes from October 2008 to December 2010 and $10,157.88 for sales tax in parts of 2010 and 2011. A sheriff’s auction will be scheduled to sell the contents and other assets of the business.

The west-side EconoLodge is not affiliated with the east-side EconoLodge at 8302 E. Kellogg.