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Wichita City Council Votes To Move Downtown Apartment Project Forward

The Wichita City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to amend an agreement for a major apartment structure to be built in downtown Wichita. The change allows the Exchange Place Project to move forward.

Changes include a new developer for the Exchange Place project - John McWilliams, President of Talos Holdings out of Park City, Utah, will replace Minnesota developers.

McWilliams has a proven record with financed projects through HUD, US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The $65 million project near the intersection of Douglas and Market is expected to include 230 apartment units, 273 parking spaces, a restaurant and a grocery store.

Vice Mayor Janet Miller, whose district includes downtown Wichita, says in 2012 alone there's been more than $44 million in private investment made in downtown.

"Over the past four years private investment in downtown to public investment has been at a 4 to 1 ratio, which is a significant change from previous years in terms of our downtown revitalization efforts," says Miller. "So this project is going to be yet another catalytic project that moves downtown forward in a big way."

With HUD's approval expected in the spring, the Exchange Place project would break ground this summer.

Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.