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Waterfront to be home to new Class A luxury apartment village

WICHITA — There’s another new phase of development coming to the Waterfront at the northeast corner of 13th and Webb Road.

Steve Clark and Johnny Stevens are planning a Class A apartment complex with up to 300 units.

“It will be unlike anything Wichita has,” says Stephen Clark II, who is handling the development. “It’ll be a big deal.”

The complex will be across the lake from Homewood Suites by Hilton at the Waterfront.

Stephen Clark describes the complex as a gated village with some conventional attached units and some detached units, such as luxury duplexes.

There also will be some furnished corporate units.

“Wichita doesn’t have any Class A apartments,” Clark says.

There will be granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, covered parking and private garages, a pool, a wine cellar, a putting green and a clubhouse with a chef’s kitchen.

“It will match the Waterfront’s design criteria on the exterior,” Clark says.

That includes brick, stone and stucco.

Clark also recently announced the new Waterfront Plaza on the northwest corner, which Whole Foods Market will anchor, and a new 4.3 acre mixed-use development within the Waterfront on the northeast corner.

He says the apartments will be a good addition to the mix.

“They’re just going to be on a whole other level.”


Public at the Brickyard gastro pub to open at the Brickyard in Old Town this fall

Drew Thompson (left) and Travis Russell, who are opening Public at the Brickyard.

WICHITA — The Brickyard in Old Town is going to become a restaurant in addition to a bar this fall thanks to two retransplanted Wichitans.

“We’ve been having these conversations for the last 10 years or so,” Drew Thompson says of himself and Travis Russell, a buddy from back at North High School.

“We were at the point we were either going to do it or not.”

Thompson is a lawyer in Seattle. Russell is an adjunct fine art professor in the St. Louis area who has spent years in the restaurant business. His parents, Mark and Joni Russell, own the Brickyard and Mrs. O’Leary’s Mercantile next door.

Thompson and Russell are returning to Wichita to open Public at the Brickyard, a type of gastro pub that will be open for brunch, lunch and dinner.

“What we envision it to be is a communal restaurant,” Russell says. “Our plan is to really include local vendors.”

Thompson says, “Quality ingredients is the key.”

They plan dishes such as gourmet grilled pizzas with homemade dough and smoked chicken and waffles. Russell likes putting twists on traditional dishes, such as using tomato marmalade for a BLT.

They’ll be able to seat about 200 inside and more in the courtyard in nice weather.

The two are just beginning renovations, which will include the addition of a lot of architecture salvage pieces. For instance, Russell says they scored maple flooring from a former brewery in St. Louis to make new table tops.

“It’s going to be a pretty intense transformation in the next 30 days.”


Credit King Auto Sales to quadruple its space with move into new superstore

Bryan Sanders at the future home of Credit King Auto Sales.

WICHITA — Credit King Auto Sales is in the final stages of renovating a new superstore at the southwest corner of 31st South and Broadway.

“It was just big enough to house all of our locations to make a single-point dealership,” says president Bryan Sanders, who is partners in the business with Sam Bidwell.

“It’ll be much better.”

Sanders says the building was built in the ’50s for Don Schmid Dodge.

“We’re kind of staying with the style it was designed for in the ’50s.”

The building will allow for the 7-year-old company’s first showroom, where Sanders plans to showcase some classic cars, such as a ’57 Chevy and a GTO.

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