Wichita, Kansas 2021-06-09 23:08:58 –
Wichita, Kansas (KSNW) —The president of Occidental Management Inc., the current owner of Wichita’s historic Union Station, says they have been planning to return home for several years.
Chad Stafford, President of Occidental Management Inc, said: “How do you serve your customers? How much space do you need to load passengers and baggage?”
Stafford says there are two potential station options near Douglas Street. The first option builds on the new part as part of the old Union station. Or the second option is to build a new station south of where the old station is.
“We designed a complete building that matched the materials and objects we put in when we refurbished the Union Station,” says Stafford.
Brandon Whipple, Mayor of Wichita, said the expectation of seeing Amtrak’s return as a guarantee needs to be eased.
“You know I’m in an elected position and don’t count eggs before they hatch, right?” Whipple added.
But he says he feels building excitement for potential gains. “I think we’re closer than it was for a very long time in securing Amtrak and reestablishing those routes.”
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