Daily Archives: March 25, 2013

You don’t say

Wichita State can’t get football because if we did, KU would want football, too.”

City Council member Pete Meitzner teasingly misquoting WSU President John Bardo at Rotary Monday

AmericInn on South Laura converts to Super 8; remodeling planned

WICHITA — Hotelier Naina Patel has purchased the AmericInn at 4848 S. Laura and is rebranding it.

“We are going to convert it to a Super 8,” says Patel, who owns the Days Inn & Suites across the street.

“It’s close by, it’s … easy for us to manage,” she says of the new hotel.

The Days Inn has 43 rooms. The AmericInn had 52 rooms but will drop to 50 as a Super 8. Patel plans to convert one room into storage and the other into either an expanded breakfast space or an exercise room.

She plans to start remodeling in a month or so.

“Obviously, it needs a little bit of TLC, so we’re going to redo the whole thing.”

SpringHill Suites by Marriott to open on West Kellogg by Texas Roadhouse

WICHITA — A new SpringHill Suites by Marriott is coming to West Kellogg.

Wichita-based Mitesh Construction is building the 121-room hotel at 6633 W. Kellogg, which is on the east side of Texas Roadhouse.

“There was no Marriott brand on the west side of the town,” Mitesh Patel says.

He says he’d hope to bring a Courtyard by Marriott there but couldn’t.

“We had a little opposition from (the) downtown Courtyard,” Patel says.

His group also has the Fairfield Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Express in Hutchinson along with the Best Western in Hiawatha.

Patel says he’s had 37 hotels that he’s bought and sold through the years.

“Our business is to run hotels and build them,” he says.

SpringHill Suites will open in spring or summer 2014.

Patel says the hotel will have 3,000 square feet of meeting space but won’t have a restaurant.

“We have Texas Roadhouse next door.”

County files foreclosure suit against Kress Building owner over small parcel of land

WICHITA — Sedgwick County has filed a tax foreclosure suit against Kress Building LLC, the owner of the Kress Building at 224 E. Douglas.

The taxes aren’t for the building but for a small piece of vacant land adjacent to it.

“I think what has happened is that has just escaped payment,” says Chris McElgunn, the attorney representing the county.

He says the amount is somewhere between $6,000 and $7,000.

The building owner couldn’t be reached for comment.

McElgunn says it’s a common accounting error when a property owner doesn’t realize that one piece of a property may be listed separately on the tax rolls.

“They’ve got to make arrangements to come in and pay the taxes,” he says. “It’s my understanding that the property manager is making arrangements.”