Daily Archives: April 17, 2013

All federal agencies at the 271 Building downtown will by gone by September

WICHITA — By the end of August, all of the federal agencies in the 271 Building at 271 W. Third St. downtown will be gone.

Have You Heard? has written about several of the departures already. What follows is a complete list.

“This was originally an IRS lease at this building, but they returned some of the space, and then we backfilled it with other agencies … which is kind of why everyone is leaving at once,” says Angela Brees, a spokeswoman for the General Services Administration.

The IRS has about 33,000 square feet of the 95,000-square-foot building.

Typically, whenever a federal agency’s lease is up, there has to be a bidding process for new space.

The IRS office and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office are moving to 555 N. Woodlawn. They’re taking about 40,000 square feet there, and there’s another 23,000 square feet available to lease.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration office and the Health and Human Services Inspector General are moving to Phil Ruffin’s Bank of America Center at Broadway and Douglas.

The Small Business Administration is moving to the Page Court Building at the Garvey Center at 220 E. Douglas.

The Defense Contract Audit Agency and the Defense Contract Management Agency are moving to the Lux building at First and Market.

The Railroad Retirement Board has already moved to the Cambridge Office Park south of 21st and Webb Road, and the Citizenship and Immigration Services office has already moved to Ruffin’s building at 550 W. Douglas in Delano.

The status of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Defense Inspector General offices is still unclear.

All of the agencies need to be out of the 271 Building by the end of August when the lease is up.

“We’re still dealing with them on that,” says Trey Ayers, executive vice president of Guthrie, Okla.-based Dominion Properties, which owns the building.

Dominion is seeking new tenants outside of federal agencies.

“We like Wichita, and we like what it’s about,” Ayers says. “Hopefully we can help some other local folks move into the property.”

You don’t say

“I think he’s been in the kitchen all day.”

Chamber Honors Night emcee Jon Rolph on John Clevenger of Commerce Bank, which sponsored the dessert reception after the awards

W.O.W. Cakes to open in former Bubba’s Nekked BBQ space in Indian Hills

WICHITA — There’s going to be a sweet replacement for where Bubba’s Nekked BBQ used to be at the northwest corner of 13th and Meridian across from the Indian Hills Ace Hardware.

Pamela Pletcher is moving her W.O.W. Cakes there next month.

Pletcher started World of Wedding Cakes as an online business in 2009 and has had a couple of retail sites since then.

Currently, her office and the store are in a small space at 1786 S. Seneca. She says she’s been seeking the right space for both sides of her business, and it “has actually been kind of a trial.”

Part of the problem was trying to find a spot that would be an easy in and out for customers picking up cakes.

“That was my main goal.”

Pletcher has already moved her bakery to West 13th.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Pletcher also sells cupcakes and is expanding her product line with the new space. She says she’ll share more details closer to her May 28 opening.

“There are going to be a lot of new treats.”