Hutton Development planning patio homes near 21st and 127th

WICHITA — Residential developer Hutton Development is preparing to get started on its next development.

The company, a division of Hutton Construction that formed about a year ago, is going to build patio homes on almost 13 acres near the northeast corner of 21st and 127th.

“We’re in very early stages of putting this together,” vice president and general manager Trent Banister says. “Our intent is to develop that parcel into luxury patio homes.”

Tim Buchanan, CEO of Legend Senior Living, sold the land to Hutton Development. Buchanan has about 13 acres left on the corner. The land is zoned for limited commercial use and is for sale.

Banister says homes will be priced similarly to the Hawthorne development in that area. Homes will begin at $400,000.

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Twin Peaks has west-side space, and it isn’t where anyone suspected

The west-side Twin Peaks will be on the north end of this building across Ridge Road from Carlos O'Kelly's and Panera Bread.

The west-side Twin Peaks will be on the north end of this building across Ridge Road from Carlos O’Kelly’s and Panera Bread.

WICHITA — There’s been a popular guessing game of where the west-side Twin Peaks might go. As it turns out, it’s not opening at any of the spots most people thought it might.

Franchisee Rusty Rathbun considered most of those sites, but he’s settled on 7325 W. Taft instead.

“It’s been overlooked from a retail perspective,” says Dan Unruh of InSite Real Estate Group.

The building, which is across Ridge Road from Carlos O’Kelly’s and Panera Bread, was built as office space that most recently was home to American Family Insurance.

Gallery Expressions will be Twin Peaks’ neighbor to the northwest across a parking lot, and the Lowe’s at Maple and Ridge Road is just north of that.

“This one kept coming up as a great site if we could just make the building work,” Unruh says.

InSite is part of South Ridge LLC, a group that purchased the 16,800-square-foot center where Twin Peaks is going.

Rathbun says he seriously considered about 15 properties before deciding on the Taft site.

“It works because of the traffic count and all the number one restaurants in the area,” he says.

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Koch Industries remodels its Koch Cafe

WICHITA — One of the biggest food venues in town is getting a makeover, but it’s not a restaurant.

It’s the 30,000-square-foot Koch Cafe, which as the name implies is the cafeteria at Koch Industries near 37th Street North and Oliver.

“It is a busy place,” says spokeswoman Melissa Cohlmia.

The cafeteria serves 2,600 employees including Charles Koch, who is a regular diner there.

Eurest Dining Services runs the cafeteria which has been closed since May 11. It won’t reopen until late September.

“So you can imagine with it being closed, people are trying to figure out how to eat,” says Craig Highfill, Koch’s vice president of facilities solutions.

Koch is trying to help.

“If we had all of our employees going out at one time, it would hit the market pretty hard,” Highfill says.

The Flying Stove food truck is now stationed at Koch on Thursdays.

Eurest also is using a remote kitchen to make some items to sell in a temporary cafe.

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RelianzBank expands to basement

WICHITA — Six-year-old RelianzBank is growing and needs more space.

“We toyed with the idea of building a branch out east,” says president and CEO David Harris.

Instead, for now the bank will expand into its basement at 2327 N. Ridge Road.

Hutton Construction is starting work Monday. Harris wanted to have a groundbreaking to celebrate.

“Well, how do you have a groundbreaking when you’re just doing your basement?” he says.

So he threw a basement barbecue instead and gave employees chalk to decorate the walls with pictures of each other.

“A couple of people said, ‘Well, we’ve never done this in banking before,’” Harris says.

“We like to have fun over here.”