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.”