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Developer Max Cole offers city a library deal at his Office This development on East Harry

WICHITA — Office This developer Max Cole was reading a Wichita Eagle story about the city’s proposed almost-$50 million library, and it got him thinking.

“I started on YouTube looking around the world at libraries and seeing what the difference is between the time I used to go to them and today, and I got really excited about it,” he says.

So he wrote District 3 City Council member James Clendenin with a new library offer for his Office This development in the former Wichita Mall at 4031 E. Harry.

“I’m proposing to do a 60,000-square-foot super deal,” Cole says.

“I’m offering them the world. It’s a paradigm shift, believe me. I know I shocked them with the offer, but it’s the right thing to do.

“I want that southeast part of town to succeed. I invested 10 years and a lot of money.”

He got the attention of Clendenin and others.

“Tell you what, I’m very intrigued by Max’s presentation,” says Clendenin, who has visited the property several times, including with library board members.

“I think everybody sees the extreme potential that the Office This space gives District 3,” he says. “That location is smack dab between two of the most underserved neighborhoods in Wichita.”

He’s referring to Planeview and Hilltop, but Clendenin says Office This is ideally situated for most of the district.

Director of libraries Cynthia Berner-Harris says the library board has invited Cole to make a formal presentation at its Oct. 18 meeting.

Cole’s offer was discussed at the board’s meeting Tuesday.

“They also were very intrigued by the possibilities, but they do have concerns that 60,000 square feet is beyond our capacity at this time,” Berner-Harris says.

She says southeast Wichita is an area scheduled to be addressed with the library’s master plan. The plan calls for a neighborhood facility of 7,500 square feet.

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Jimmy’s Egg near 21st and Amidon closes; location near Office This to open soon

WICHITA — It turns out the new Jimmy’s Egg that’s going in front of Max Cole’s Office This development at 4031 E. Harry will replace the one just west of 21st and Amidon.

That Jimmy’s Egg is now closed.

Owner Wink Hartman Sr. says his management team “is going to take action to correct businesses that are not performing.”

“The concept is that we’re growing and reallocating our assets to more profitable areas and stores,” he says.

Hartman didn’t want to wait for the new Walmart Neighborhood Market to open at Marina Lakes on the southwest corner of the intersection and hope that his business increased.

“You cannot continually develop and plan your future around a Walmart,” Hartman says. “Yes, they drive traffic, but we have a breakfast concept, and it doesn’t really tie into being around a Walmart.”

The Jimmy’s Egg by Office This will open within 45 days.

Hartman has one more planned by the end of the year.

He’s close to a lease on the west side of College Hill and could have the restaurant open by Thanksgiving.

Look for more news on it soon.

Taste & See Everyday Gourmet to open at Office This

WICHITA — Bethel House is known for the new senior living centers it’s building in Wichita, but the health-care company is now preparing to start a new cooking studio, too.

“The whole focus and our thought is that we are thinking health-conscious, very tasty food,” says Christine Bacci, Bethel House’s director of operations.

Taste & See Everyday Gourmet will offer classes to show “how to prepare that heart-healthy, diet-conscious cuisine that is delicious.”

It will open in 1,700 square feet at Office This, where Bethel House’s headquarters is, on East Harry.

Bacci says Taste & See also will deliver hot, prepared food around Wichita and open its doors for parties and corporate events.

She says there will be date night cooking classes for couples and other special cooking classes, such as for children.

“Oh, my gosh, everybody loves to eat,” Bacci says. “You know, good times. Family times. Friend times. It’s something that brings people together.

“It’s just a great option.”

Mindfire Academy to open in 50,000 square feet at Office This

WICHITA — A year ago, a prominent Wichitan approached Office This developer Max Cole with an idea for a school to teach adults and children digital video, audio, web design and game art (the art of making video games).

Cole thought it was a great idea but he wasn’t interested in doing schools at the time.

His connection with Bethel House Training Institute, a school at Office This that teaches nursing assistants and other medical personnel, changed that.

So this summer, Cole — with help from the unnamed prominent Wichitan — is opening Mindfire Academy in 50,000 square feet at Office This, which is at 4031 E. Harry.

He’s beginning to build the technology training rooms now.

“That’s what everybody’s interested in,” Cole says.

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