Wichita, Kansas 2021-12-03 19:23:44 –
Wichita, Kansas (KSNW) — A region of northern Wichita that once had an oil refinery and now has vacant lots. We hope that the new project will bring new life to the area along I-135 and 21st Avenue. Construction is already underway, where the old refinery once stood.
Road construction is scheduled to begin from 21-chome to 5 lanes by the end of next month. It’s just part of the development. Some say this is good news for the North Side. Especially because it’s been over 15 years since I started doing business here.
Ariel Rodriguez, Executive Director of Empowerment, said:
New developments are already underway, from refineries to acres of vacant lots.
“Construction of the first warehouse began at 180,000 square feet and is currently under construction. It is currently being poured into slabs and will look like the building here by April,” said one of the developers. Marty Cornejo says.
150 acres of land are set up to turn into warehouses, travel centers, manufacturing, and work.
“From there we see many opportunities for people to come to the north end to stop and support these businesses, but here with a good job that they can get them with the skills they have. It’s also an opportunity to hire many residents in the area, “Rodriguez said.
With a $ 100 million investment in the north of Wichita, developers said new roads and some warehouses could be completed as early as July 2022.
“Job creation is huge, clearing Broadway east of the canal, clearing Nomar to the Evergreen Center, and the entire region has been completely refurbished,” said Cornejo.
“I really think the refinery has been cleaned up and it’s showing to the neighborhood that there is investment and growth and what can happen in this part of Wichita,” Rodriguez said.
The project will be backed by a $ 6.8 million tax increase loan. City officials say development options were limited due to previous land pollution. Incentives are aimed at driving this growth.
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