WICHITA — Wichita may continue to grow east and west, but Larry Burke thinks his Indian Hills Shopping Center is a perfectly situated central retail center.
Last fall, Burke told Have You Heard? that he was seeking rezoning for part of the center, which he now has.
“I had this strange piece of property back in the back, 72,000 square feet, that I wanted to utilize,” he says.
He’s preparing to build a 7,000-square-foot center there, which will mainly be office space with some retail options.
“This is the first phase of redeveloping our shopping center,” says Burke, who has owned it for eight years. “I want that center to grow.”
He says he worked with the city to, in part, make sure his residential neighbors were happy with the changes.
“Janet Miller was excellent to work with,” he says of the City Council member. “Very supportive of what we’re doing.”
The first part of the 40,000-square-foot main center, which is anchored by Indian Hills Ace Hardware, was built in 1954.
Burke says he’s already made infrastructure improvements there.
“Now it’s time to do some things that the public can readily identify.”