Slawson Cos. prepares for mixed-use phase of Oak Creek

WICHITA — A daunting economy isn’t keeping Slawson Cos. from working on the next phase of the Oak Creek development on the southwest corner of 21st and Greenwich.

Slawson has hired Wichita’s Architectural Innovations to design a new mixed-use area that will include retail, restaurants and offices.

“They are working on what we are calling Oak Creek Village,” says Slawson’s Jerry Jones.

The 10-acre area will feature freestanding buildings with tile roofs and lots of masonry work.

“It’s not going to be a strip center,” Jones says. “It will be a series of buildings along a drive that meanders parallel to 21st Street.”

He calls it “kind of a cool concept.”

“It ties in with the estates that are being built in there.”

Brett Prather, president of Architectural Innovations, says there will be a lot of warmth to the development.

“It’s a European-style village concept where people will park and walk from shop to shop,” he says. “It’s a very unique concept for the Wichita area. . . . Really, it’s one of a kind.

“To us, it’s exciting enough that we . . . are entertaining the thought of moving our office to that location.”

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Chase Koch buys almost 70 acres near 21st and Greenwich, most likely for his new residence

WICHITA — When a business person buys a new house, it’s generally not news for the business pages.

Then again, when someone buys a major amount of land in a growing commercial area, it tends to pique the interest of business people — especially if that someone is a fellow business person with the last name “Koch.”

Chase Koch, who works at his family’s Koch Industries, has purchased almost 70 acres near 21st and Greenwich from Bruce and Sharon Brown.

Bruce Brown confirms the purchase, though he won’t discuss the details.

The Browns moved elsewhere in Wichita.

Koch bought their property for $3,065,000.

The land is just south of Don Slawson’s approximately 65-acre Cross Pointe commercial development, which is at the southeast corner of 21st and Greenwich. It’s across Greenwich from Slawson’s approximately 160-acre Oak Creek residential development.

Part of what makes this deal interesting is that the almost 70 acres Koch bought will remain residential.

The newly married Koch didn’t return calls for comment, but it looks like he plans to live in the house on the property.