WICHITA — As they’d hoped, the third time has proved the charm for George David and Bud Palmer.
Last fall, David told Have You Heard? how he and Palmer had tried a couple of times to do something with 10 acres of land they were trying to sell in the 300 block of West 29th Street North across from Cortez Mexican Restaurant.
Now, they’ve closed on a deal to sell four of those acres to Perry Duncan for a SpringClean Laundromat, and Palmer is going to use the rest of the land for a new baseball field.
“That’s going to take up the whole 10 acres, and we’re done,” David says.
David says he and Palmer “got a very fair price” and are thrilled to see Duncan invest in the area.
“Nobody’s spent $2 million up in that area in forever – if ever,” David says.
Duncan says he sold his laundromat at Lincoln and Webb “because it’s seven years old.”
“You sell one so you can build another one,” he says. “I’m going to build me a 12,000-square-foot laundromat.”
Duncan, who also has SpringCleans at Central and Ridge and near 21st and Woodlawn, says he’s always interested in building new facilities to try new concepts.
“I like to try different ideas,” Duncan says. “It’s a hobby to me. And fortunately, it’s a well-paying hobby.”
His new place is “going to be the most energy-efficient thing I’ve ever built,” Duncan says.
He says he’s likely breaking ground on the new laundromat this week.
“Yes, that’s the theory.”
The new SpringClean, which most likely will have the address 345 W. 29th St. North, should be ready in early 2015.
Duncan says it’s an under-served area, and he says he doesn’t think he will be hurting other businesses by going there.
“It’s just a different area,” Duncan says. “The city of Wichita’s like a big chess board. You have to be very careful where you go.”
Duncan also is scouting Tulsa for a couple of SpringClean sites he’d like to do in the next two or three years.
Previously, when Palmer owned the 10 acres on West 29th Street on his own, he was going to donate the land for a church. The diocese couldn’t raise the money to build, though.
Then he and David partnered on the land through their David and Palmer Properties and thought they had a deal to sell to a retirement village. That also didn’t work out because the retirement business lost its funding.
When the property went on the market again last fall, Duncan immediately expressed interest, but there was zoning and platting to take care of before the deal could be done.
David says he and Palmer are “tickled to death” that Duncan wound up with the property.
“He’s going to be a real, real addition to that north end of town.”