Daily Archives: Feb. 7, 2013

Marty Johnson debuts Marty’s Acre

WICHITA — With the end of his Saturday morning radio show after 25 years, Marty Johnson has been looking for a way to keep his Johnson’s Garden Centers top of mind for customers.

He’s decided Marty’s Acre is it.

That’s a plot of ground, though it’s more like a quarter of an acre, on Edwards Street near his garden center on 13th Street in Indian Hills.

“I’ve lived on Edwards my whole life basically, and it’s always been an empty lot,” Johnson says.

He bought it about a decade ago. Five years ago, he tilled it and began planting on it. Now, Johnson is wanting to involve customers there in a variety of ways.

He’s looking at it as “more of an informal way to reach out to people.”

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U.S. Attorney’s Office seeking new lease

WICHITA — The General Services Administration has been busy signing two new leases at the Lux for the Defense Contract Audit Agency and the Defense Contract Management Agency, and it has one more to go. Where the lease will be is still a question, though.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office currently is in the Epic Center. Its lease will expire this summer, and the GSA will have a competitive bidding process for a new lease.

“They are looking in downtown,” says GSA public affairs officer Angela Brees.

She says the office needs approximately 21,000 square feet, which is about what it has now.

Even with a new lease, there’s a chance the office won’t have to move.

“There’s a possibility that they may still stay at their current location,” Brees says. “The current landlord can participate in the process.”

New retail center under construction at Village at Greenwich at 21st and Greenwich

WICHITA — With the existing 21,000-square-foot retail center fully leased at the Village at Greenwich, a new one is now under construction.

“We need more space,” says Steve Wheeler, one of the developers of the northeast corner of 21st and Greenwich.

The new 10,000-square-foot retail center is along 21st Street just west of Community Bank. The other center is along Greenwich.

“We’re feeling pretty optimistic about the area,” Wheeler says. “We’re excited about the STAR bonds and the athletic center coming in, and we’re trying to stay in front of it and make sure we have space available when people want to be up there.”

He has a dozen more acres to develop there.

In addition to the retail centers, there’s also a Staybridge Suites there and a Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites under construction.

Wheeler says he’s “kind of pleased with the whole outlook on Greenwich right now.”

That wasn’t always the case.

“Things were moving along nice, and then in ’08 and ’09 things really slowed down,” he says. “It seems to be picking back up again.”