Daily Archives: March 12, 2013

Vantage Point Properties to build SunStone Apartment Homes at Andover MarketPlace

WICHITA — Developer Paul Jackson is preparing to build the next phase of Andover MarketPlace, and it’s a sizable one.

It’s the SunStone Apartment Homes at 711 E. Cloud, which is south of Kellogg a half mile east of Andover Road.

“We’re building a 208-unit complex that’s market rate,” says Jackson, who is president of Vantage Point Properties.

That means there won’t be an affordable-housing component to the apartments.

Jackson initially purchased 80 acres east of Kellogg and Andover Road and then bought another 70.

“We’ve owned that land since around 2007 and have slowly developed it … in the most quality fashion that fits the community,” he says. “You know, that’s a big project for Andover.”

The MarketPlace is where there’s a Dillons Marketplace, the Andover YMCA and an elementary school, all of which have since purchased their land from him.

There’s also a strip center with several retail businesses in it along with an Arby’s restaurant.

Jackson says the highway exposure and convenience will be great for the apartments.

“Most importantly, we think it’s a very good use for the site that supports the other things around it.”

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“I would rather see our men’s and women’s basketball teams in the Final Four.”

WSU president John Bardo, speaking at a WIBA lunch Tuesday about how he loves football but that bringing it back to the school would cost $100 million in capital costs and a 150 percent increase in the athletic budget

Bill Warren’s IMAX theaters again are the top-grossing IMAX theaters in the country

WICHITA — Bill Warren is getting a bit of a reputation, and he doesn’t mind.

He says his Moore, Okla., and Wichita IMAX theaters again were the No. 1 and No. 2 top-grossing IMAX theaters in the country over the weekend and that the Empire IMAX in New York City was No. 3.

Warren’s theaters have been on top so much, soon it’ll hardly be news if they make it again. Warren admits he now has something to live up to.

“As opposed to my normal thing – something I have to live down to.”

Warren says the numbers, which he won’t share, are particularly significant given that his prices are less expensive than tickets in New York and elsewhere.

He credits his staff and the design of his theater, which opened at 21st and Tyler in 2010.

The IMAX theaters are all showing “Oz the Great and Powerful,” Warren says.

“For a movie this big to do that, that’s pretty incredible.”

Warren admits he’s proud and perhaps a bit braggadocios about the whole thing.

“You’re right. I am bragging. admittedly so. Out-grossing New York? I mean, come on.”

Carpenters’ Union Local 201 to consolidate office and training center on East Kellogg

WICHITA — The Carpenters’ Union Local 201 will consolidate its office and training center into one site by the end of this year.

Last year, the union purchased the former Circuit City space at 8405 E. Kellogg near the entrance to I-35.

“We are remodeling it now so that we can move our local union office over there and open a training center,” says Martin Walter, general counsel for the Carpenters’ District Council of Greater St. Louis & Vicinity.

Tracy Alan Norris, who owns iFurn.com and PainReliever.com among other companies, used to own the building and still leases 10,000 square feet there.

“The plan is that initially we’re going to occupy about 16,000 to 18,000 square feet,” Walter says.

He says they’ll leave the rest of the space for future expansion of the training center.

Currently, the union’s office is at 2610 S. Seneca. Its training center is at 1225 W. Carey Lane. Walter says the union leases the office space and owns the approximately 6,000-square-foot training space.

“We’ll probably be looking to sell that.”