Mayan calendar influences proposed Caban Marketplace in Bel Aire

WICHITA — The developers behind the proposed 580-acre Caban Marketplace in Bel Aire aren’t sharing all their plans yet, but there is one question they will answer.

What does Caban mean?

Tom Blitz of Shopping Center Development & Consulting says Caban is a symbol on the Mayan calendar and means earth.

He says early on, there were some green-thinking physicians involved with the project who suggested the name.

He’s not sure if the symbol will be incorporated into the development’s logo.

“We haven’t really addressed it to that level.”

Blitz says he was clear with his architect, though.

“I said, ‘I don’t want this to look like a Mayan temple.’

“The name comes from there. I’m not taking the architectural highlights.”