Filling up fast

Spaghetti Works Apartments

Written by Amy Palser

Wichita may have been slower than other cities to get the downtown renovation bug, but it’s catching up at a speedy pace. And the new Spaghetti Works project — combining residential, commercial, retail and a programmed urban park with lots of amenities — is really upping the ante.

“Things have changed downtown so much in the last few years,” said Wichita developer Brad Saville. “It’s probably changed more in the last five years than in the last 50 years. There’s a big push for residential downtown and a lot of people are moving downtown.”

Saville’s newest project and biggest undertaking is the Spaghetti Works Apartments, which opened in February with 41 units. Saville and partner Nick Esterline of TGC Development, co-developer and co-owner of the apartments, began work on the 125-year-old structure a year ago. Many in Wichita remember the four-story brick building just north of Intrust Bank Arena as a Spaghetti Works restaurant — a name that’s emblazoned on the building in big white block letters.

“We kept the name on the side of the building because it’s iconic,” Saville said.

Of the 41 apartments, four are two-bedroom — all of which are leased — and the remaining are one-bedroom or studio apartments. “T

here’s been a tremendous amount of interest,” Saville said. “We’ve already leased 25 percent of the units in the first three weeks since the grand opening, so we’re off to the races.”

The building has been completely renovated and features upscale living amenities like a fire pit patio, a fitness center, community party room and a dog park — and it's a five-minute walk to 12 popular Old Town and Arena District restaurants. The apartments themselves have rustic touches with a nod to the original building, such as exposed brick walls and massive wood columns. Features include granite countertops, stainless appliances, hardwood-like finishes, washer and dryer, and a secured entry.

After the spaghetti restaurant closed in 2004, the building sat empty for about 12 years before Saville and Esterline saw the potential in it and began crafting the master plan for the project. The apartments are only the first stage in the project. A new two-story construction to the north of the Spaghetti Works building will house both commercial and retail space. Martin Pringle Law Firm plans to move into the second-story space in September, about the same time the adjacent park, featuring the Westar Energy Pavilion, will be ready for concerts and entertainment.

To date, retailers on the first floor include Eric Fisher Salon and HomeGrown restaurant; a second restaurant going into the space will be named soon, Saville said.

For leasing information on apartments or commercial space, visit spaghettiworksliving.com or spaghettiworksdistrict.com, or call 316.262.2442.

 
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