WICHITA — The space at the northeast corner of 21st and Oliver has sold, but for a while you’ll still see the same man out there mowing the lawn.
He’s not the gardener. He’s dentist Michael Williams, whose self-named practice has been at the property for three decades.
Last week, Williams closed on a deal to sell two lots he owns at the corner.
“We’re leasing our own space,” says his wife, Tracy, who also is the practice administrator.
The dental office, which offers full family services including orthodontia, is moving to a former chiropractic space in Remington Park on east 21st Street between Webb Road and Greenwich.
“Oh, we’re still on 21st Street,” Tracy Williams says she’s been assuring customers.
Once their concerns are allayed, she says, “They’re excited for us.”
Currently, the practice is in 1,900 square feet.
“We’re squeezed to the … max,” Tracy Williams says.
Still, she and her husband weren’t necessarily looking to move.
A patient of theirs in the real estate business approached them six or seven years ago about putting their corner lot for sale. They were amenable to it.
“We had some nibbles on it,” Tracy Williams says.
She says she and her husband didn’t particularly care if it sold.
Then commercial developers became interested in the property, but they wanted the whole corner.
“I didn’t mind moving,” Tracy Williams says.
The group that bought the property doesn’t have a deal for someone to take the space yet.
The dental office should be gone by early August, though.
The new space is almost 2,700 square feet.
“I will not have to share an office with anyone else,” Tracy Williams says.
She says she likes idea of her own space.
“I’m an intense only child.”
The new space also will allow for what she calls “a great kids area.”
“We absolutely adore children,” Williams says.
She says she’s planning Xbox stations and other fun things to help make children enjoy going to the dentist’s office.
“That’s the No. 1 thing that makes children so comfortable.”