Developer Marv Schellenberg purchases 36 acres of Maize Road frontage from USD 266

WICHITA — The Maize school district this week approved the sale of more than 36 acres of school property to developer Marv Schellenberg.

The property, which is part of 280 acres the district purchased more than a decade ago, fronts Maize Road south of Menards down to about 34th Street by the entrance to Schellenberg’s Fox Ridge residential development.

“When we originally bought the land, it was always our intent to sell the frontage property,” says Karen McDermott, communications director for Maize USD 266.

The district built three schools on the property, which also has ball fields, but McDermott says the district didn’t want to build anything close to Maize Road.

The property has been on the market for about four years.

The sale price had been $1.8 million, but Schellenberg countered with $1.4 million to offset the cost of some dirt work he needs to meet drainage requirements.

About 25 acres of the 36 acres Schellenberg purchased are usable for development. He’ll use the rest for retention.

Schellenberg, who didn’t return calls for comment, has applied for limited commercial zoning for future commercial development.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel coming to Maize

UPDATED — Maize has landed its second hotel deal.

On Wednesday, developer Marv Schellenberg and the city of Maize announced plans for a new Holiday Inn Express Hotel, which will be at Schellenberg’s Hampton Lakes development at the northwest corner of 37th and Maize.

Maize Hotel LLC is building the $2.5 million hotel, which will have three stories and 73 rooms and is scheduled to open in April 2011.

“This will just continue to solidify that even though we have a weak economy, Maize’s economy is still growing and strong,” says Rebecca Bouska, Maize’s deputy city administrator.

“We are getting ready to grow pretty quickly, I think, over the next 10 years.”

The hotel is adjacent to the proposed Northwest Bypass.

The Maize Hotel partners, including Mitesh Patel and Raju Sheth, also built the Hampton Inn in Derby. Sheth is still involved there.

The Holiday Inn Express would be the first hotel to be built in Maize’s 124-year history.

“There’s really just nothing on the northwest side as far as hotels go,” Schellenberg says.

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Holiday Inn Express Hotel coming to Maize

WICHITA — Maize has landed its second hotel deal.

Developer Marv Schellenberg and the city of Maize today announced a new Holiday Inn Express Hotel, which will be at the Hampton Lakes development at 10750 Hampton Lakes.

The $2.5 million hotel, which will have three stories and 73 rooms, is scheduled to open in April.

It’s the first one to be built in Maize’s 124-year history.

A second hotel, an 84-room Fairfield Inn and Suites, is still pending.

Maize administrator Richard LaMunyon says the deal is likely to happen down the road.

“That developer is optimistic that he will start on that a year from now.”