WICHITA — It appears the Wichita Independent Business Association may be close to making a deal with the Minnesota Guys for new downtown space.
WIBA has sold its North Waco building to lawyers Craig Shultz and Kurt Holmes of Spyglass Properties as a cost-saving measure.
Last week, WIBA president Tim Witsman sent an e-mail to some WIBA members acknowledging that last month they’d authorized him to sign a lease with Inter-Faith Ministries for space in its building at Market and Murdock.
He said that almost immediately he received another offer for the first floor of the Farmers and Bankers Building at 200 E. First St., which the Minnesota Guys own.
WIBA would take about 2,200 square feet of former bank space, which includes a 1930s-style boardroom.
The office includes free phone and Internet service.
In the e-mail, Witsman told members that the cost “is less than half of what other first rate facilities were leasing for.”
Witsman doesn’t want to discuss the potential deal.
“It is not settled.”